Next Step 2014 presentation by Abdul Qudos Amini from Skateistan

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Next Step 2014 presentation by Abdul Qudos Amini from Skateistan

  1. 1. Skateistan Abdul Qudos Amini
  2. 2. What is Skateistan?  Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is now an International non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan is nonpolitical, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds. Skateistan aims to always be a unique social project with quality.
  3. 3. Mission  use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change.
  4. 4. Vision  To grow a sustainable organization that is recognized locally & globally for changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth through skateboarding and quality programs creating leaders that change the world.
  5. 5. Activities  Who we work with:  We work with youth ages 5-18.  Over 50% of our students are streetworking children.  Nearly 40% of our students are girls.  What we do:  provide access to education  focus especially on girls and working children  develop leadership opportunities  build friendship, trust, and social capital

  6. 6. Values  quality.  ownership.  creativity.  trust.  respect.  equality.
  7. 7.  How does Skateistan use sport as a “hook” to engage youth with other opportunities?  -First organization to combine skateboarding with     educational outcomes -Once kids latch onto skateboarding, so much more is possible: education, community, leadership. -Kids come for skateboarding, and stay for education -Children attend Skateistan for one two-hour session each week: one hour of structured skateboarding lessons followed by one hour of arts-based education accessible to all literacy levels. -Back to School students get weekly skate sessions as well
  8. 8.  Kids learn that through skateboarding, they can create better       opportunities for themselves-become skate teachers, peer leaders, and more. -Streetworking kids are given the chance to work in a safe environment doing something they love -Skateboarding creates friendships between people of all different backgrounds-creates an environment for forging friendships -Skateboarding teaches youth to overcome challenges, gives kids confidence - Skateboarding is not competitive, but it is challenging. Requires focus and teamwork. - Skateistan is one of the few places kids come for fun-they have a sense of ownership over Skateistan-it is a place for them -Skateistan students exposed through skateboarding gain access to photography, art, and opportunities to share their
  9. 9.  Merza used to wash cars. He had very few opportunities. He became involved with skateboarding, is now a maintenance manager and cleaner for Skateistan and is a skate teacher and role model. He has also learned many media skills including email, facebook, and Skype.
  10. 10. How does Skateistan use S4D for gender inclusion?  In Muslim societies, there are many rules against female participation in sports. Skateboarding new to Afghanistan, no ideas already in place about it being forbidden
  11. 11. Skateistan has 40% female students. How does it maintain this?  Skateistan communicates with religious and community        leaders to ensure accurate understanding of its programming Skateistan has covered sport and skate facilities so girls are free to play in private, away from public scrutiny. Skateistan offers separate classes for boys and girls to stay sensitive to cultural norms Skateistan creates a safe space for girls by having all female classes with female instructors. Girls are given leadership opportunities Girls are given safe transport to and from Skateistan All staff are given Child Protection Policy training and taught to respect Skateistan keeps a female Student Support Officer on staff to conduct household visits to serve as a liaison between Skateistan and student families.
  12. 12. Thanks

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