Nature Conservation Day at Skateistan
July 28 is World Nature Conservation Day and Skateistan students have marked the day with their creativity.
Skateistan Expansion News: Sessions now running in Jordan with 7Hills Skatepark!
We have some very exciting news for Skateistan fans - our programs are now up and running in Jordan!
Skateistan Johannesburg: A Simple Path | Insight TV | Vans
Skateistan South Africa features in ep 2 of 'A Simple Path' on Insight TV. Check out the Skateistan section here - made possible by Vans.
Citizen Profile: Celebrating 5 years of support from Sky Brown!
Sky Brown is a force of nature! Skater, surfer, ambassador for girls, Citizen of Skateistan. Here we celebrate 5 years since our youngest fan joined the Citizens of Skateistan.
Where It Starts: Vans announces new partnership with Skateistan
A new partnership between Vans and Skateistan!
Back on Board: Meet Arunny
Our Back on Board campaign aims to raise $125,000 to support our students as they return to Skate School. Meet Arunny, a student in Cambodia who cannot wait to get back on board once the lockdown ends.
Back on Board: Meet Basmina
Our Back on Board campaign aims to raise $125,000 to support our students as they return to Skate School. Meet Basmina, a student who learned lots about herself during lockdown.
Back on Board: Meet Lesedi
Lesedi says he felt terrible when the Skate School closed because of lockdown. Now he's Back on Board and feeling awesome!
Skateistan celebrates International Day for Sport for Development and Peace 2021
Skateistan celebrated the International Day for Sport for Development and Peace earlier this month. IDSDP is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace.
Skateistan Bamyan update: Check out our new skatepark!
We recently passed a huge milestone in the process of opening a new Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan - we now have a skatepark!
Mind Power: Building techniques for mental wellbeing with Waves 4 Change
To meet the needs of students as they grow older, we offer a mental health curriculum called Mind Power, first introduced to our team and students in South Africa.
Global Girl Project: How are our girls getting on?
At Skateistan we talk a lot about girls’ empowerment and future leaders. So what does that look like on the ground? Recently, we partnered with Global Girl Project to run a blended learning program. Let's find out how our girls are getting on.
We exceeded our global girls participation goal three months in a row!
Around half our students are girls and we strive every day to keep this at 50% or even higher.
International Women’s Day: Make some space
International Women’s Day is always a special day at Skateistan. In our Skate Schools around the world, students and staff celebrate the achievements of women and enjoy the freedom and safety that Skate School provides.
Skateistan Alumni: Sulaiman's story
When Sulaiman was 12, he started coming to Skateistan. He showed amazing leadership skills and was soon given responsibility to help other students. Those things he learned at Skateistan are still fuelling his dreams today.
Skateistan Alumni: Shabnam's story
Shabnam started coming to Skateistan when she was 14 and quickly learned leadership skills to help others. Shabnam is now studying for an Engineering degree, determined to make her country a better place in the future.
Curriculum update: Managing anger
As part of our Skate and Create program, we aim to teach children skills which are useful in the rest of their lives. Some of these are practical skills, and others are so-called softer skills, such as anger management.
Good news for girls: Skateistan and Be That Girl Foundation are teaming up!
The wheels are in motion: Skateistan and Be That Girl Foundation are teaming up to inspire and empower ever more girls to dare to determine their own future! Find out more about this new partnership and what it will mean for girls at Skateistan.
Skateistan Alumni: Hosai's story
We are excited to share this story of a former student in Kabul. The Alumni Network is a new project, which connects our former students with each other, shares opportunities and celebrates their success.
Some moments to celebrate from Kabul
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and that's especially true for Kabul, Afghanistan. However, there have been some moments to celebrate lately.
The Skateroom hosts sell-out documentary screening
Our long-term funding partner, The Skateroom, recently held a sell-out screening of 'Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone' in Brussels.
Skateistan Alumni: Ntlanzeko's story
We are very excited to publish the first in a group of stories from Skateistan's Alumni Network. The Alumni Network is a new project, which connects our former students with each other, shares opportunities and celebrates their success.
Celebrating Heritage Day in South Africa
Heritage is something to be proud of. At our Skate School in Johannesburg, children celebrate their own heritage and learn about the cultures and traditions of other groups.
Celebrating International Day of Peace 2020
What does peace mean to you? That’s a question our students have been exploring to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.
What Skateistan learned about: running remote programs during a global pandemic
In our series ‘What Skateistan learned about’, we share stories, successes and challenges from the perspective of a non-profit organization operating in Afghanistan, South Africa and Cambodia.
Coping with Covid: Bringing Skateistan lessons to out-of-school children
Staff at Skateistan in Mazar-e-Sharif have been finding ways to reach out-of-school children during the pandemic.
Coping with Covid: A view from Johannesburg
Covid-19 has affected people differently all over the world. In this post, we talk to Enos, a Skateistan Educator in South Africa, to get the word on how things have played out in Johannesburg.
Girls unite! Announcing our new partnership with Global Girl Project
We're very excited to announce that we'll soon be working with Global Girl Project; a special partnership that will empower older girls at our Skate Schools in Afghanistan and South Africa.
Oliver Percovich: It's Her Turn
Our Founder and Executive Director, Oliver Percovich, explains why our current campaign, 'It's Her Turn' is so important.
It's Zarafshan's Turn
Meet Zarafshan, who is 13 and lives in Kabul. Zarafshan was scared because she thought her teachers would be unkind. But her Educator, Malalai, showed her the kindness is the best way to learn.
Measuring impact at Skateistan: Social Return on Investment
Recently, we embarked on a project to measure the social return on funds invested in Skateistan. Thanks to the efforts of three amazing volunteers, we can now calculate the social value of our programs! How do we do that? Read on!
It's Her Turn: Women by Women
Skateistan is a place where women support women. In this unique photo collection, incredible female photographers share iconic images of girls and women skateboarding. It's Her Turn.
It's Natalie's Turn
Meet Natalie, who is 16 and is in her last year of high school in South Africa. Natalie has bright hopes for her future and it is her role model, Wendy, who has helped her to chase these dreams.
It's Sophea's Turn
Meet Sophea, who was once a student at Skateistan and is now a member of staff at Skateistan Cambodia.
It's Her Turn
Our new campaign focuses on girls' empowerment at Skateistan and the importance of women and girls supporting each other. Donate today!
It's Sara's Turn
Meet Sara, who is 16 and lives in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. She dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. But it was the inspiration of her coach that gave Sara to courage to dream.
Skateistan Skate Schools Respond To Covid-19
Classes are still temporarily suspended at our Skate Schools due to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus, read how each location has responded to programming needs.
Oliver Percovich: Skate and Create Difference
Guest post from Skateistan Founder and Executive Director, Oliver Percovich, on the importance of creativity.
Telling the story of our Covid-19 response
The coronavirus has brought many challenges, including how we continue to reach our students and how we gather data about those interactions. In this post, we take a look at the numbers behind our Covid-19 response
Welcome to Bamyan!
HUGE NEWS for Skateistan fans: we have started work on our fifth Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan!
Oliver Percovich: Motivation Makes the Difference
Our Founder and Executive Director writes a guest post about the importance of finding the things which motivate each one of us. Oliver has been inspired by the teams at our Skate Schools who are determined to reach students during the pandemic.
Skateistan Alumni: Meet Tamim
Tamim attended Skateistan in Mazar. Recently, he found a way to help people in his community - a lesson he learned from his Skateistan educators.
Oliver Percovich: Connections in the time of corona
Guest post from Skateistan's Founder and Executive Director on the current coronavirus pandemic and how Skateistan is managing in the crisis.
Welcome to the Citizens of Skateistan: Zamarin Wahdat
We are delighted to welcome Zamarin Wahdat to the Citizens of Skateistan! Zamarin was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and raised in Germany and was part of the team that made Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl).
Skateistan’s Culture of Safety
At Skateistan we aim to put the safety of our staff and students first in everything we do. With the coronavirus situation changing rapidly around us, we thought it was the right time to share our approach to safety.
International Women's Day: This is Laiqa's Story
This International Women's Day, we're happy to introduce you to Laiqa, one of our students in Kabul. Like the girls in 'Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,' Laiqa is discovering how getting an education can change her life for the better.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence
Skateistan works to empower women and girls through skateboarding and education. Near the end of 2019, Skateistan Skate Schools participated in the '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence' to continue advocating on behalf of women and girls.
How you can help support Skateistan
There are many ways that you can help support Skateistan. Read this post to learn how you can help support children through skateboarding in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.
Curriculum Update: Concepts of Community in Act Local
We take a look back on our 'Act Local' curriculum, which helps students to understand their own role and potential within their communities.
Robin Rhode lends his creativity to Skateistan students
Renowned artist and Citizen of Skateistan Robin Rhode recently visited our Skate School in Johannesburg to help inspire the next generation of artists and skateboarders.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone Wins BAFTA and Oscar!
A short documentary which follows the progress of a group of girls at Skateistan in Kabul won a BAFTA and an Academy Award!
Inclusion in action: Skateistan and Special Olympics South Africa team up!
Recently, we piloted a partnership project with Special Olympics South Africa to bring the fun and freedom of skateboarding into the lives of children living with disabilities.
10 Years of Fun and Freedom in Kabul
In October, Skateistan Kabul celebrated 10 years since Skateistan's first Skate School opened its doors.
Safe to Express: This is Ethan
Meet Ethan, a 14 year old student at Skateistan in Johannesburg. Ethan was struggling at school and couldn't focus. His educators helped him to see what's important, and how to take steps to express himself through his skateboarding and dancing talents.
Safe to Learn: This is Safia.
Safia is 11 years old and lives in an internally displaced persons camp in Mazar-e-Sharif with her family. They are not from Mazar, but they had to move from their home province due to conflict and fighting. Safia then joined the Back-to-School program.
Safe to Dream: This is Hashmat
Hashmat is 13 and he lives in Kabul. He'd never been to school and he was afraid of speaking in front of the class. Skateistan Educators found a way to help Hashmat build his confidence. Now he can dare to dream of the future.
Safe to Play: This is Mony.
Mony is 11 years old and lives near the Skate School in Phnom Penh. Mony was struggling with her behaviour, but Skateistan Educators found a way to connect with her and help her to change.
Welcoming Sarah Meurle to the Citizens of Skateistan family
Introducing the newest member of the Citizens of Skateistan, Sarah Meurle.
Welcoming Zorah Olivia to the Citizens of Skateistan family
Introducing Zorah Olivia
Summer is for skateboarding
This summer, two of our staff from our South Africa team traveled to Europe to attend Pushing Boarders in Malmö and the Goodpush event in Copenhagen. Here, we catch up with Wendy (Educator) and Ayanda (Senior Finance Officer) to find out more.
Skateistan Documentary: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
A short documentary which follows the progress of a group of girls at Skateistan in Kabul.
Mazar-e-Sharif Update: Partner Profile of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
As part of our focus on developing inclusive and accessible programs, we are excited to highlight the work we do with deaf and hard of hearing students.
Student Profile: Introducing Belkesa*
Introducing you to a student at one of our Skate Schools.
Welcoming Lucy Adams to the Citizens of Skateistan Family
Introducing Lucy Adams
What Skateistan learned engagement
Read the latest in our mini series about challenges we've faced and what we've learned from them. This time, we take a look at the power of community engagement.
Local Update: Skateistan in China
Recently, two of our students in Afghanistan had an incredible opportunity - to travel to Nanjing, China, with the Afghan National Olympic Committee and represent Afghanistan in an international skateboarding training camp.
Local Update: Building New Learning Spaces in Phnom Penh
To increase the impact that Skateistan has on the local community, we created a new learning environment for children at Skateistan in Cambodia.
Curriculum update: Natural Balance
Between April and July this year, our Skate and Create students were following the Natural Balance curriculum. Find out what they've been learning about!
10 Ways That Skateistan Celebrates Go Skateboarding Day
Skateistan celebrated Go Skateboarding Day all over the world. Students participated in a rad day of skating and fun with their communities.
Student Profile: Thabile's Story
Meet Thabile: A 9 year old girl who attends Skateistan in Johannesburg.
Introducing Our Summer Collection and the brilliant illustrator behind it, Cynthia Kittler
We are delighted to announce the latest in our line of creative partnerships with the super talented contemporary artist Cynthia Kittler.
Changing the Story: This is Omid
Meet Omid, a 13 year old boy in Afghanistan who was working on the streets and missing out on school.
Changing the Story: This is Nthabiseng
Meet Nthabiseng, a Skate and Create student in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Changing the Story: This is Ahmad
Meet Ahmad. He lives in Afghanistan and attends the Back-to-School program at Skateistan.
Changing the Story: This is Pisey
Meet Pisey, a Skate and Create student in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.