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Celebrating 'Go Skateboarding Day' in Afghanistan

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Afghan skateboarding school students skate along a street on the third annual 'Go Skateboarding Day' organized by the 'Skateistan School' in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 21.

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An Afghan student performs at the skateboarding school on the third annual 'Go Skateboarding Day' organized by the 'Skateistan School' in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 21..

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Afghan students perform at their skateboarding school on the third annual 'Go Skateboarding Day' organized by the 'Skateistan School' in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 20. 'Skateistan' is Afghanistan's first co-educational skateboarding school. Operating as an independent, neutral Afghan NGO, the school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education and personal empowerment.

 Great to see an effort to provide a little distraction for the kids in Afghanistan. The organizers hope to engage children through skateboarding and then teach them other skills.  Kids grow up very quickly in Afghanistan.

 For more on the Skateistan organization click here.

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Organizers of the Skateistan organization talk about engaging children through skateboarding.