Chess in Schools in French - la francophonie
Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:30
logoThe Association Internationale des Echecs de la francophonie (AIDEF) has become very active in the past few years. The Forum Echecs et Education and School Instructor seminar (see below) in Geneva, in association with the Fédération Genevoise d'Echecs, FIDE, ECU and the city of Geneva, are recent examples of this activity. We wish them well with future developments, especially their stated aim to develop the teaching of chess in all its Members States.

We are pleased and proud that we (CiS) have produced so much of our teaching and support material in French, especially because of the role this will play in the development of chess in Africa.

We are grateful to AIDEF President Patrick van Hoolandt for the following material which tells you about AIDEF and its activities.

At the end of 2012, when I was elected President of AIDEF as a successor to Noureddine Tabbane, we were 9 members only. Today, thanks to the association’s dynamism, we have 38 members, including 33 national federations.

The current list of members is posted on our website:

Our Executive Board is composed of the following 8 members :

President: Patrick VAN HOOLANDT – Monaco
1° Vice-president: Mohamed ZOUAOUI – Tunisia (ex-president of the Tunisian federation)
2° Vice-president: Ahmed TALEB MOHAMED – Mauritania (vice-president of the Mauritanian federation)
3° Vice-president: Yves RAKOTOMAHARO – Madagascar (president of the Madagascan federation)
General Secretary: Frederic KOUEVI – Togo (president of the Togolese federation)
Treasurer: Roland AKHRASS – Lebanon (vice-president of the Lebanese federation)
Technical Director: Raymond VAN MELSEN – Belgium (president of the francophone Belgium federation)
International Relations Bernard LABADIE – Canada (president of the Québec chess federation)

It is of the utmost importance to us that our actions be backed by FIDE.

It is also crucial to let it be known that, contrary to general beliefs, the French language will be more and more spoken throughout the world. Ever since the decolonization of Africa, French has become the common language used by most African states. According to a 2014 report by the International Organisation of La Francophonie, there are 274 millions French speaking people in the world and 116 millions more are learning it.
French is the second more taught language after English. More than half (55%) of these Francophones live in Africa. Thanks to demographic trends in Congo, Cameroun and Ivory Coast, in 2050 these numbers should rise to 85% for 750 millions people.

2. AIDEF is a sport association yet also a cultural one. Created in 2007, it has been officially recognized by FIDE (Fédération Internationale Des Échecs) as an affiliated international organisation since the 81st Congress that took place during the Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) Olympiads in September 2010.
Its goal is to develop the teaching of chess in all its Members States, encouraging the use of French in the chess world, uniting women and men of all races and religions. French speaking and playing chess is the common bond helping spread the sport, artistic, intellectual and moral values of chess among Members.
Our association consists of chess federations of States belonging to the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) as well as regional entities of French speaking chess associations anywhere in the world. As of now, we can proudly claim 39 Members coming from 33 countries.
We are very active both nationally and internationally yet our major event is the « Rencontres Internationales des Échecs Francophones » being held yearly since 2013, growing every year since and clearly becoming a worldwide event.
This is a unique occasion to get together and compete for La Francophonie championship titles but also to participate in training programs. Conviviality and friendliness, our trademark, also helps to bind North-South francophone relationships.

Here is a PDF containing the AIDEF submission to the FIDE Executive Board in 2015.
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