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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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