Our Student Madina Speaks at Parliament

Madina speaks Children's Shura at Afghan parliament in Kabul 2013
Skateistan student and teacher Madina, age 14, speaks to Afghan Parliament about the issues identified in the Children's Shura last week.

Fourteen-year-old Madina Saidy grew up selling trinkets on the streets of Kabul to support her mother and younger siblings. Now, she is a youth leader at Skateistan and a role model to hundreds of Afghan youth each week in the classes she teaches. Just a teenager herself, Madina has accomplished more than most people hope to their whole lives.

On Saturday March 9, she was selected to speak at the 3rd Annual Children's National Assembly, which took place at Afghanistan's Parliament building in Kabul, to present the issues facing Afghan youth to over 100 members of government.

Children's Shura Empowers Afghan Kids

A group of children from across the country had a chance to meet in Kabul, Afghanistan, and had the rare opportunity to not only discuss the challenges facing the country's youth (as their own representatives!) but also have the issues addressed by members of Afghan government.

In Afghanistan, a "Shura" is a decision-making council which usually includes community leaders and elders. The Children's Shura is an annual, week-long event that gives a voice to the youth, and a direct link to parliament. It is organized each year by the Mobile Mini Circus for Children NGO and includes nearly 150 children from nine provinces, as well as NGOs working with children, and children living in IDP/refugee camps.

Getting Ready for International Women's Day

Hanifa and Parisa instruct the young Afghan boys skate class
Female instructors Hanifa and Parisa teach the young boys' skate class.

On March 8th Skateistan will join the global community in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD), with events at Skateistan’s project sites in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Worldwide, Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation and love for women and their achievements.

Job - Skateistan Brand Manager (Berlin)

Skateistan brand manager position
Skateistan is looking for a new member to join our Berlin-based team.

Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO, and now operates projects in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan focuses on reaching out to girls and working children, using skateboarding as a tool for developing leadership opportunities, and building friendship, trust, and social capital among its students. Across its programs worldwide, Skateistan works with nearly 600 youth each week, and has registered over 2000 students since 2007.