These Girls Are Changing the World, One Skateboard at a Time
Afghanistan's first skateboarding school Skateistan is launching a new platform for young girls to create their own futures.
Although the school welcomes both young boys and girls, the founder of organization Oliver Percovich notes that girls in particular are thriving in the country's non-traditional setting.
Skateistan's mission statement is to use skateboarding "as a tool for empowering youth,to create new opportunities and the potential for change."
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Here are some quick facts about Skateistan from the organization's website:
- Over 40 percent of students are girls.
- Students range from ages 5-25
- More than 60 percent of our students are low-income youth
- Afghan girls can’t ride a bike but can ride a skateboard
"The people who think skateboarding is only for boys are wrong.The word sport means that girls and boys can play together," says 9-year-old student Kim Eag.
Since launching in 2007, the organization has expanded to Cambodia and South Africa.
Check out more behind-the-scene Instagram photos from the organization below.
"I just want the kids to skate, like me. I want to improve their life, to motivate them." - Tin, Education Coordinator at #Skateistan #Cambodia For just $10 a month you can help keep a kid skating and learning with role models like Tin as their teachers. Donate today to help us improve #thefuture of Skateistan youth. #keepskateistanrolling
@jamiethomas #regram thanks for the love! Pro Skater Jamie Thomas is a long term Skateistan supporter and all round rad person. His brands @fallenfootwear and @zeroskateboards have provided #Skateistan with equiptment since 2008 and he even visited our two skate schools in Afghanistan last year! Donate and #keepskateistanrolling if you can! Link is in our profile. [o] Jessica Fulford-Dobson 'Skate Girls of Kabul'
Photo Credit: Skateistan.com