Stories / The Skateboarding village in rural India
Bringing skateboards to children in Madhya Pradesh gives them enthusiasm to go to school and gives girls a confidence in themselves.
The children skid into the dusty courtyard at breakfast time, grabbing skateboards from a stack near a tethered brown cow.
Boards jammed under arms, they sprint barefoot past a large well pump, the main water supply for many families here. They slap their wheels on to the still-clean concrete of Janwaar Castle – India’s newest skateboard park.
Opened in January to replace a skateboard park built a few hundred metres away in 2015, the large structure is flanked by grain crops that lie on the edge of Janwaar, a village of roughly 150 households in rural Madhya Pradesh, one of India’s poorest states.
Words by Jamie Fullerton.
More on this link: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/13/no-school-no-skating-the-indian-skate-park-bringing-children-together