Skateistanposted by JSM on February 3rd, 2009
I’m always incredibly impressed with people who use whatever skills they have to make life better for children. The New York Times had a great story recently about Australian Oliver Percovich, who is teaching Afghan kids to skateboard as a way to give them something fun to do, and maybe change their lives for the better.
These kids are so desensitized to violence and, especially girls, don’t have much opportunity for games or sports. Percovich is trying to open a skatepark, Skateistan, so the kids have a safe place to practice.
Percovich is also thinking ahead to when the girls he’s teaching reach puberty and, according to local customs, are not allowed to be in a co-ed class. Skateistan will have separate facilities for girls; many families hope times will change, but realize change will not come quickly or easily.
We know sports and other after-school activities help kids grow into more productive and happy adults. In somewhere like Kabul, where barely have school supplies, much less playground equipment, programs like Skateistan could really make a difference.
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