Kirsan's visits to promote Chess in Schools
Friday, 10 June 2011 06:46

The FIDE President promoted the Chess in Schools programme in four countries during May:

Nigeria4Abuja, Nigeria 
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Asishana Okauru, General Director of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). Kirsan said: "In my opinion, along with economic problems and poverty reduction in Africa, no less important attention should be paid to the programmes developing children's intelligence. 
The inclusion of chess into the school curriculum will certainly have a positive and lasting effect."
     Following the meeting, the leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which FIDE and NGF will hold a preparatory event for the signing of the Agreement to promote chess in all 36 provinces of Nigeria. The Agreement should be signed in July.

Kiev, Ukraine

Kirsan met NOC President (& IOC member) Sergey Bubka and Viktor Kapustin (President of Ukraine Chess Federation). Particular attention during the meeting was given to the Chess in Schools programme.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kirsan had a meeting with Mr. Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Education. The FIDE President
spoke about the successful implementation of schools' chess programmes, for example in the
Republic of Kalmykia, and asked the Minister to facilitate the implementation of the FIDE
programme Chess in Schools in Sri Lanka.

The FIDE President visited Iran where he met with the Head of the Iranian Physical Education
Organization and the Vice-President Dr. Ali Saeedlou. At the meeting the leaders discussed the
development of chess in Iran and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov briefed them on the lastest FIDE activities,
particularly the Chess in Schools programme.

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