Bolivia, La Paz

Asociaci├│n de Skateboard de La Paz, Make Life Skate Life e.V.

The situation

El Alto is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and teenagers are a major part of the population. At the same time it is also one of the poorest cities worldwide, just like in La Paz, many children have to live on the streets. Due to the strong economic inequality and the missing learning opportunities in El Alto and La Paz, the bigger part of the population has no or just limited access to education. Many kids and teenagers lose themselves in alcohol and drugs. At once the Bolivian teenagers are looking for self-determination, individuality and self-confidence. They want to develop their personality and engage themselves in something.

The need of a different form of education is obvious - a more dynamic one. The skatepark project uses the joy of skateboarding to get the kids away of the streets and provide a safe environment. 

The project