Skateistan: Teaching Afghani Kids To Skateboard Their Way To Empowerment

Skateistan: Teaching Afghani Kids To Skateboard Their Way To Empowerment
"We want the girls to see one another as role models instead of the war lords who would drive around town with a car load of men who are waving guns around," Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich, founder of Skateistan in Kabul, told the Daily Mail.
‘world cultures, human rights and environmental studies to nutrition, hygiene and storytelling’
"When it comes down to it, kids just want to be kids,”
“Skateboarding provides that because it’s fun and challenging. It lets them forget their problems for a moment. Once kids are hooked on skateboarding, so much more is possible, especially in the classroom. Skateboarding itself teaches important life skills, like creativity and problem-solving.”
"We've done everything to make our program culturally appropriate to reach as many girls as possible,"
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"We are reaching out to kids internally displaced in camps, poor working street children and even middle class kids,"
"It's really important to have this mixing of different backgrounds to build up a civil society that has been devastated by decades of war."
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