Skate and Create

Skate and Create aims to empower children from all backgrounds in Afghanistan through learning through play. The program uses skateboarding to attract youth and then provides them with access to education and new opportunities.
2009Afghanistan

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif; Phnom Penh; JohannesburgUrbanSouth AfricaCambodia
Skate and Create is Skateistan’s flagship program. It builds on Learning through Play to teach 700 Afghan children weekly.
 
Using skateboarding to engage youth and break down social barriers, Skateistan aims to empower children from all backgrounds in a safe space. It provides them with the opportunity to develop qualities of leadership, communication, problem-solving skills, respect and confidence to identify solutions and lead positive change.
 
Skateboarding is non-competitive, requires minimal resources, and can be practiced almost anywhere. The practice of skateboarding in Afghanistan and other developing countries allows to overcome cultural norms that prevent girls and children with disabilities from doing other sports. Through the program, Skateistan also connects with street-working youth. Outdoor sessions are successful at engaging at-risk youth who avoid institutional environments. 
 
Skate and Create provides accessible, structured skateboarding instruction alongside an arts-based curriculum with semester-long educational topics. The weekly, two-hour curriculum - split across the skatepark and classroom  - does not require literacy, creating a “level playing field”.
 
The program has been successful at growing the confidence and life skills of youth while building trust and understanding between children of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Every semester, Skateistan has planned learning outcomes specific to the curriculum that focuses on civic education topics like health and nutrition, gender, the environment, colors, the future, storytelling and theater, etc. 
 
Skate and Create is one of the 10 Champions of the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka's Re-Imagine Learning Challenge. 
Using skateboarding to engage youth and break down social barriers, Skateistan aims to empower children from all backgrounds in a safe space and provides them with access to education. Youth make up 68% of Afghanistan’s population. Prolonged conflict in the region has lead to an extreme lack of basic services, especially for kids most in need like girls, street-working, and disabled youth.

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