Edu-Skate Programme

Edu-Skate Programme

What is Edu-Skate?

Edu-Skate is a positive youth development (PYD) programme that utilizes skateboarding, group discussion and community activities to empower and provide positive psychology education to underserved children aged 6-16. Main group sessions are also complemented by workshops, contests and field trips with the children.

Girl skateboarding in Peru during an Edu-Skate class

Learning life-skills

Edu-Skate utilizes skateboarding (and the life skills embedded in the activity and culture) to promote positive life skills for children aged 6-16. Every week there is a focus on a different life-skill which the skate lesson revolves around. The Edu-Skate curriculum consists of 11 different life-skill:

  • A Positive Mental Attitude
    (if you don’t try, you don’t learn)
  • Awareness
    (paying attention to what you’re doing + what's happening around you)
  • Confidence
    (believing in yourself, challenging yourself step by step)
  • Respect
    (acknowledging each other’s efforts and accomplishments)
  • Cooperative Learning
    (teaching others and learning from others)
  • Resilience
    (getting back up after you fall down)
  • Perseverance
    (not giving up until you succeed)
  • A Supportive Attitude
    (encouraging each other)
  • Courage
    (doing something that scares you)
  • Creativity
    (creating something you imagined)
  • Teamwork
    (working together to do something you couldn’t do by yourself)

Edu-Skate explained


Edu-skate is based on the Self-Determination Theory, which states that humans have 3 basic psychological needs to satisfy for psychological well-being and personal development: competence, relatedness and autonomy. Not only does the extensive body of research on this theory show its utility in a number of different life-domains (such as education, work and physical activity), but furthermore, research suggests that these basic psychological needs are universal rather than depending on the culture you grow up in. Edu-Skate makes the link between the practice of skateboarding and satisfying these basic psychological needs, as skateboarding serves as a platform to address all three of them: we believe skateboarding’s hallmarks are:

  • Competence: becoming skillful at something, being effective in what you do. Unlike many other physical activities, skateboarding is constantly focused on trying, learning and mastering new skills.
  • Relatedness: a feeling of belonging and connection to others. Even though it's an individual activity, skateboarding is also a social activity. You skate together with friends or people you don't even know: you share skatable spaces, which causes the inclusive character of it and enables social interaction, friendships and communities to form. Skateboarding has also been a place where many people find connection that don't feel like they belong anywhere else. Probably because of point 3.
  • Autonomy: making your own choices. Since there are countless different tricks to be done, it is up to you what you want to learn and how you want to skate: skateboarding brings the freedom to do what you want and to express yourself.

Target group:

The Edu-skate programme was developed in response to the global phenomenon of children growing up in underserved and disadvantaged circumstances, often leaving them with a scarcity of opportunities to explore and develop their personal potential.
The programme is accessible to anyone between the ages of 6-16 in the communities around our skatparks. We also work together with organisations that serve children with a severe lack of recreational activities like orphanages.


Edu-Skate’s aim is to stimulate positive personal development through fostering life-skills. The programme provides a safe environment for children to socialise, learn and grow as a person. Besides learning how to skateboard, the beneficiaries of the programme are exposed to different practical and psychological tools that help them in their development in life, and in how to relate to others in a positive manner.


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Jun 23, 2021 · 2 min read

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Our June residency at Stranded FM was broadcasted from the Caribbean shoreline of Bull Bay, Jamaica. Over three months we are working with Concrete Jungle Foundation on an ambitious research project to record the impact of The Freedom Skatepark one year after construction.

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Interview with the Energetic Nomads from Jamaica

A year after they started skateboarding, we caught up with the Energetic Nomads, the first group of graduates from the Edu-Skate Programme at the Freedom Skatepark. They have grown into a close-knit group that spends most of their days together. Get to know the group better through the following group interview.

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Sharing the passion for Skateboarding in Peru - in times of COVID

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