Mazar-e-Sharif

Mazar-e-Sharif is Afghanistan’s third largest city, and has a high proportion of internally displaced people, who have fled to Mazar-e-Sharif to avoid fighting or insecurity in their hometowns. As a result, many children are out of school. Joining Skateistan is often the first opportunity Afghan girls and boys have to access sport and education, providing an identity beyond their socio-economic status and hope for the future.

In 2013 we opened our second, and biggest, Afghan Skate School in Mazar-e-Sharif. Three times the size of the Kabul Skate School, it features indoor and outdoor skateparks, classrooms and a separate sports hall complete with a climbing wall. Programs are run here, as well as at orphanages and in partnership with local organizations. Students living with disabilities participate in skateboarding, sports and arts-education sessions at the Skate School every week. We provide specific girls-only days, with transportation provided in the Skateistan bus.

Girls outside the Skate School
Regular students
Female
Low-income background
Students living with disabilities
Updates from Mazar-e-Sharif
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Skateistan learned about...community 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.
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.