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Mauritius develops chess in schools
Monday, 28 April 2014 10:22
kotouchmovemrismallKevin O'Connell was in Mauritius recently to help progress chess in schools developments there.

A meeting with  the Minister for Youth & Sports (Hon Satyaprakash Ritoo) went very well and lasted longer than planned thanks to his interest. His assistants, Zameer Janoo and Sudesh Appadoo helped smooth the way for the project.

A chess module of the Mauritius BECS qualification (Brevet  d'Etat de Cadre Sportif) is being developed. This 72-hour programme includes a seminar and a lot of practical work, teaching chess and running a school chess club.

A pilot project has begun with teachers in 25 secondary schools. The teachers' experience of chess ranges from complete beginner to experienced player, including a few members of the Mauritius Chess Federation. A seminar was held with the teachers of that pilot programme. The BECS qualification will be sufficient reward for them to justify giving up three days of their time during the Easter vacation for the workshop seminar. 

The Ministry of Education is also involved. They provided premises and logistical help for the seminar. There is interest within the Ministry to develop a chess in schools programme for their primary schools. Our thanks go to that Ministry's Mrs Saddul and Agathe.

The Mauritius Chess Federation, with its very active President, Hurrynarain Bhowany will see through the development of both programmes. The initial part of the project would not have been the success it was without the help of MCF Vice President Patrick Li Ying and Treasurer Jugutputty Callychurn, who suddenly found themselves in charge of the seminar when Kevin O'Connell was called away to attend the opening ceremony of the 2014 Jeux de l'Espoir. The work of Continental President Lakhdar Mazouz and Commission Chairman Ali Nihat Yazici was also an essential component.



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