Vision with Wheels
Your article “Four Wheels and a Vision” was not only interesting but it summarized the activities by international NGO’s in community building and providing the Afghan children with a better future. It was heartwarming to read that Australian skateboarder, Oliver Percovich initiated Skateistan in Afghanistan which has been giving skateboarding lessons and classroom learning to children since 2010. This is a ray of hope for the Afghan children as the country needs to build a peaceful society following a decade long war.
Skateistan’s mission to educate Afghan children who lack professional direction or career counseling is highly commendable. International NGOs and companies have provided monetary support to Skateistan which is a testament to the originality of the project. It is evident that Afghanistan is slowly accepting innovation and Skateistan’s success verifies that the country is making an effort in promoting educational opportunities for children, who belong to diverse social classes. This also reduces class differentiation and ethnic isolation as children belonging to Hazara, Uzbek, Pashtun, and Tajik backgrounds attend the school. Such educational projects should spread across the country because children are Afghanistan’s future and with instability looming over Afghanistan, the country must protect its future at all cost.
Faiza Dawood Islamabad, Pakistan