Heart of Kabul | Street photography by Skateistan photographers : Afghanistan
"The Heart of Kabul"- street photography produced by two young Afgahni students, Ahmad Noman Stanekzai and Mohammed Naveed, participating in the Skateistan photography classes. Photography and journalism are part of a larger curriculum of activities from media production, theatre, art and skateboarding undertaken by the Skateistan NGO in Kabul, Afghanistan. The street photography was first published in the Skateistan magazine as part of ongoing activities to show the students' work and documentation. It tells the story of two different student photographers view of their Kabul.
Skateistan strives to tell a positive story about Afghan youth told by its youth. Using global media platforms to send a message of hope, unity, peace and cross cultural understanding they connect and share their world with other children in classrooms around the world.
At the Skateistan facility in Kabul over 300 regular students are receiving training from experienced skateboarders in a secure environment, and other educationally based activities. Currently, there are 18 classroom sessions being held per week, including a girls' journalism class, a disabled class, and a Back-to-School program that helps kids enroll or re-enroll in public school. The NGO is also running advanced art classes for girls and boys once a week, which include activities such as painting skateboards, paper mache and portrait drawing. Classroom curriculuii include projects based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from the context of life as a young person in Afghanistan and Environmental Health.
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