Photos: Vicky Roy

Text: Guardian 20

These photographs of children skating, all taken by Vicky Roy, are from India’s first rural skatepark built in 2015 in Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh. The skatepark was set up by the Janwaar Castle Community Organisation, which is a non-profit body conceptualised by Ulrike Reinhard, a German economist and social activist.

The skatepark aims to instil confidence and and a sense of trust in children by making them interested in committing to a goal. Along with teaching them this new skill, the children here will also learn social skills.

The organisers have set up a rule to promote education in Janwaar village which says: no government school, no skateboarding. This has further motivated children to attend school more often than before. The park, the only one of its kind in India, was financed through an auction.

 

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