Afghanistan’s Skateboarding School for Girls

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[T]here’s a skateboarding school in Afghanistan where 40% of its students are female.

In a part of the world where little girls are getting shot at for promoting women’s education, that’s a pretty impressive statistic. In a part of the world where little girls aren’t even allowed to ride a bicycle, that’s a ground-breaking statistic.

Officially, this makes Afghanistan the unlikeliest of title holders for the highest rate of female participation in skateboarding out of any country in the world.

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Australian skater Oliver Percovich has permanently relocated to Kabul and dedicated his life with his team to creating Skateistan, a non-profit NGO and full-functioning school where children can not only come to learn in a brand new skatepark facility, but in classrooms where they can choose to explore anything from creative arts to environmental health topics.

Skateistan via Messy Nessy Chic for the full fascinating story.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

3 thoughts on “Afghanistan’s Skateboarding School for Girls

  1. Pingback: Afghanistan’s Skateboarding School for Girls | West Coast Review

    • Thanks for the generous words.

      I consider this to fall under the category of “awesome” which is a close enough relative to “awful” for me to justify its inclusion here. 😉

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