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Chess in schools conference - Yerevan
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:01
chess_academy_of_armenia_logo2014.10.16-18 Yerevan, Armenia. ICCS (International Conference Chess in Schools).

In our view, this is the single most important chess in schools or chess and education conference EVER! You can download relevant information from our site (see links below), but the latest and most authoritative are available from the Chess Academy of Armenia.

Six years ago, Armenia decided to implement chess as part of the compulsory curriculum in all the country's primary schools.

After three years of meticulous planning and preparation, the first children entered this chess for education program in 2011.

Now, those children have just completed the 3-year program and all Armenian children in the two years below them have studied chess. The program runs from primary year 2 (age 7-8) to primary year 4 (age 9-10).

Throughout, teams of psychologists and sociologists from the Pedagogical University of Yerevan have been studying the effects of chess study on the children's educational, emotional and sociological development. These results will be revealed during the conference.

See the flyer for an excellent overview, together with the draft schedule , registration form and guidelinesfor the submission of articles and presentations.

You could win an expenses paid trip there. Read the guidelines, submit your proposed article/presentation and, if it is accepted, you've won!

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CiS Commission meeting - Tromso
Monday, 04 August 2014 14:59
p00aThe CiS Commission meeting took place at 15:00 on Wednesday 6th August. The venue was the Radisson Blu hotel - in meeting room Aurora Nord.

Here is the Agenda and the Chairman's report (Annex 24 to General Assembly) &

the Commission's 4-year report for 2010-2014 (48 pages, 2.9mb).

You can also get a small (lo-res, 6.5mb) version of Chess in Schools - Our Global Future .

The other reports, from Bulgaria, China, Croatia, France, India, Iran, Moldova, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA & Venezuela, are now available here.
 
 
Romania approves chess for primary school curriculum
Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:09
romania_kni_signsIn 2014 an Education Ministry decree approved the curriculum for the first 2 years for studying chess, as an optional matter in the primary schools. This achievement opens the possibility to any school – pupils, teachers, parents, to choose chess as a class and follow the curriculum, choose some manuals and to learn and play this wonderful and useful educational tool.

Moreover, this May an agreement was signed between the Education Minister and the Romanian Chess Federation, putting into practice the proper spreading of knowledge of chess among teachers through the administrative education institutions and by providing a chess kit to 500 schools. The chess kits contain 10 chess sets, 1 demo board and manuals. This platform creates the basis for a large expansion of chess in the education institutions all over the country, offers the possibility for kids to benefit from learning and playing chess and so grows the awareness of chess in Romania.
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FIDE Student Magazine
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:42
The FIDE Student Magazine has 8 pages (or more) at least twice a month throughout the year. It is emailed free of charge to all our student members. It is available in multiple languages. We have produced more than 80 issues and you can download the following samples:
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Greece starts Chess in Schools program
Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:49

greece_flagIn 2014 the Greek Ministry of Education approved the inclusion of a nationwide chess in schools program. Many Greek schools already offered chess, but this new move, based on FIDE’s Chess in Schools program, makes chess an official part of the morning  program of all primary schools. Chess is one of several elective subjects that the children may choose. The teaching will be done by a combination of class teachers, who will receive special chess training, and chess trainers licensed by the Greek Chess Federation.

The President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias and the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras were personally involved and asked the Ministry of Education to move in this direction.

A few details:

a. It is for all primary schools.
b. It is for the first 4 grades (ages about 7-11).
c. Every grade has elective subjects for 2-3 hours per week; one hour will be scheduled for chess.
d. The lessons should be taught by a professional school teachers who know chess, who is a member of the Greek Chess federation or of a Greek chess Club

Schools will need some time to adjust and implement this decision, but it is already a fact and a reason to celebrate another success in Europe .

 
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