Wi-Fi for skate school in Afghanistan
In Mazar-e-Sharif, Big Box is supplying Wi-Fi to Skateistan’s biggest Skate School, which provides a safe space for kids to learn, build confidence and make friends. We sent Skateistan a Big Box in January 2019, and the difference it’s been making is huge.
As part of the Skate and Create program, students had their first session using a computer - and now that they have stable Wi-Fi, the Mazar-e-Sharif team are looking forward to developing lessons around digital literacy and using the internet.
‘Before, we had very patchy internet connection and there were times when it was really disrupting the work of the team in Mazar. Video conferencing would cut out a lot, staff had trouble uploading files to our shared drives and connection was very slow. Now, the internet is working much faster and is much more reliable so staff are able to communicate with the other Skate Schools and the international team much faster, work on shared documents and even start to share this with our students.’ Jessica Faulkner, Communications Manager at Skateistan
By combining skateboarding with creative, arts-based education, Skateistan aim to give children the opportunity to become leaders for a better world. Their focus is on groups who are often excluded from sports and educational opportunities, especially girls, children living with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds.
Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
Deployment date: 2019