Skateistan, the nonprofit featured in 2020’s Oscar-winning short subject doc Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), has shared an update on how its schools and programs have coped with the many challenges presented last year. Of course, the year started off great with that Academy Award recognition, but shortly afterwards the global pandemic made it necessary to close the doors at all four schools—and halt construction at Bamyan in Kabul, the fifth skate school (third in Afghanistan). And, due to a regime change in the country, many of Skateistan’s educators were forced to flee. The hope is that Skateistan’s work in Afghanistan can continue soon, but things are kinda still up in the air right now.
On a positive note, the organization has revealed ambitious plans to expand to a total of 20 schools by the end of next year. Check out the latest Skateistan update, above, for more information on the proposed locations. Visit the nonprofit’s site if you would like to help support these efforts.
Check out one of our recent videos with Skateistan, below: