THE PROJECT

Overview

What is it we aim for?

There is multiple reasons to our shared interest in this development project. Importantly enough, being MA students of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, we need to conduct a field work as a part of our degree.
That gave us the incentive to develop a sustainable project that aims on children and uses skateboarding as a tool. Both Africa and Skateboarding are close to our hearts so we did not go far for the inspiration.

Help join the fight

Skateboarding, events and education

Our three main solutions to the situation in Mozambique.
Skateboarding

Skateboarding as a tool

The concrete skatepark will consist of all kinds of obstacles varying from curbs, rails, banks, to a bowl and a more open space for practicing tricks on the flat ground. Within the open space a basketball court will be built for ball sports.

When finished, our partnering association of Mozambican skateboarders called Maputo-Skate will facilitate regular skateboard lectures and competitions.

The goal of the project is to make a small but significant impact on the lives of children in Maputo and offer them a playful and creative way to learn and make friendships.

Events

Exhibitions of all kinds

The very walls of the skatepark will serve as an open canvas to both artists and kids who wish to try new techniques of painting.

The contiguous youth center will provide a safe zone for hosting video premieres, concerts, workshops, photo or art exhibitions and other.

The centre will also host irregular skateboard demos of professional teams, organized by our partners ASM and Skate-Aid.

Education

Learning through play

Having the opportunity to connect education with games and joyful activities, we have decided to launch a partnership scheme with an NGO operating in Mozambique, that would regularly hold seminars in the youth centre together with Maputo-skate that will follow with a skateboard lecture.

We have not yet made the agreement with a particular organization, but it is a hot topic in our current agenda.

Research

The research

To link up the construction with an academic research. Three main research perspectives will be developed by the master’s students from Copenhagen University.

These projects will differ in specificity but will be centered upon the challenges faced by the youth in Maputo.

The outcome of this research will be made open source so that further research can be conducted along these lines and provide new insights into youth culture in Maputo.

Research
Thomas

Thomas

“My research will focus on the transfer of artisan skills between generations. Being involved in this project will be of great benefit for my research as it will create a space of interaction.

We can get local ties who could provide us with an insider perspective around our different subject matters.”

Martin

Martin

“My intention is to elaborate on the question - how does skateboarding as a western phenomenon develop in an African context, with regard to the history of Euro-African interaction.

The period of realization will produce a perfect setting for surveying, interviewing and drawing conclusions based on personal experiences.”

Brendan

Brendan

“A study of the youth bulge that currently faces Maputo can potentially provide insight into other trends among youth not only in Mozambique but also throughout the region.

Specifically, I will investigate the participation of male youths in Maputo’s growing international drug trafficking underworld. This experience will provide immeasurable benefits for my academic, professional, and personal development while pursuing my passion for Southern Africa.”

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The design

Our park has not been built yet but we already have
plans on how should it look.
Skatepark design

Testimonials

See what people that helped us to work on this
project have to say.

Founder

Brendan Greene

Africa’s future development is dependent on the opportunities offered to its youth.

Bio

An American from Philadelphia, PA, earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo (Ohio) with a major in History.

Having already finished a Master’s Degree from Norwich University (Vermont) in World History, Brendan is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in African Studies from Copenhagen University.

As such, his academic background is in history, with a specific interest in Southern African history.

Maputo Skater

Francisco Vinho

We need a place to skate

Bio

For many years we have been trying to get some support from the government to help us build a public skatepark, but our voices were never listened to.

Maputo is developing fast so I really think it is the time to build a skatepark too. After all, it is a regular element in the city planning.

I am pretty excited for this to finally happen!

Skatepark builder

Jakub Novotný

It brings me joy.

Bio

My first experience volunteering for a skate NGO was in 2014 when I traveled to Jordan within my studies.

At that time, now a well-established organization Make Life Skate, was planning to build a skatepark for underprivileged children in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and I got the unique opportunity to be involved in the project.

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