Citizen Profile: Saba*, Back-to-School Graduate (Mazar)

Saba* during a skate session that Back-to-School students take part in. They get the skate park all to themselves once a week as a reward!

Earlier this year the 2016/2017 cohort of Back-to-School students graduated from the program. Saba* was one of those students. She had been part of the program since April 2016 and spent a year with Skateistan learning grades 1–3 in the classroom. She has now graduated, but here is a short interview with her before she went off to public school.

Age: 12 Year old

Program: Back-to-School graduate (2016–2017)

How did you come to join Skateistan’s Back-to-School program?

I told my mom that their was a school which has free transportation, so can I join? My mom allowed me to join! I was waiting for the Skateistan Community Educator to come to our town again and register students to the program so I could register myself as well.

What did you do in here?

The activities we did in the Back-to-School program was learning, painting, studying, playing games and winning prizes too!

What other things did you do?

I learned skate, football and lessons.

What is your favorite thing about Skateistan?

My favorite thing at Skateistan is skateboarding itself and all the lessons that are taught at Skate School.

What do you want to be in the future?

I want to be a very good teacher in the future, just like the Skateistan teachers.

Back-to-School is a program to support youth in their pursuit of formal education. In Afghanistan, this is an accelerated learning program for children who are out of school. Students come to the Skate School five days a week to attend classes covering the national public curriculum. Upon completing the program, we enroll students into public school, usually in the 3rd or 4th grade.

Join the Citizens of Skateistan to support our programs such as Back-to-School, so we can help more children like Saba* to access educational opportunities.