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Turkey's Sighted Hands project for visually impaired children
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:39
img 3284CHESS LIGHTS UP VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN’S LIVES

Chess will light up the world of visually impaired children in Turkey. With the new project called “Sighted Hands Project” (Gören Eller Projesi), chess classes will be opened in each school for the visually impaired.

Turkish Chess Federation (TSF) and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services launched “Sighted Hands Project” with the sponsorship of Turkiye Is Bankasi.    

The project started with a protocol signed between TSF and Ministry of National Education, General Directorate of Special Education and Guidance Services.


As part of the “Sighted Hands Project”, chess classes will be opened in 17 schools for the visually impaired. Education will be given to the sight disabled children using specially produced chess sets, training manuals and chess clocks. Chess training manuals that are written by visually impaired chess masters and brothers Selim & Kerim Altinok, will be distributed to the students during the courses.

Within the context of “Sighted Hands Project”, the teachers who serve in these classes throughout Turkey will be given coaching education by TSF.

dsc 0185“CHESS KNOWS NO LIMITS, NO OBSTACLES”

In the signing ceremony, Turkish Chess Federation President Gulkiz Tulay said:

“Chess is a sport that knows no limits, no obstacles. We want to bring the beauties of chess to the sight disabled children’s lives in order to prepare them for a new, bright future that is full of hope. For this, chess is the perfect instrument. In chess, everybody can compete equally. Sighted Hands Project is a very special project for this matter. With this project, our children will checkmate their obstacles.”    

“VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN WILL TAKE MORE STRATEGIC STEPS”

img 3280Deputy Secretary for Ministry of National Education and TSF Vise-President Muammer Yildiz, indicated that they aimed to prepare sight disabled children for life while taking strategic steps. Yildiz, said:

“With the mediation of our federation and the support of Turkiye İs Bankasi, we reach every school in our country and introduce our children to chess via the classes we have opened. Today we are doing this for the first time for our visually impaired children. We are very happy and honoured to be leading in creating such a wonderful atmosphere.”

“WE CARRY OUR SUPPORT FOR CHESS TO A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION”

Turkiye Is Bankasi Corporate Communications Director and Secretary General Suat Sozen reminded that they have taken on the main sponsorship of TSF since 2005 to transform chess into a widespread, massive and easily accessible sport. “With this project, we carry our support for chess to a whole new dimension. We will open chess classes in 17 visually impaired schools throughout Turkey”, Sozen continued.

There is a short YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kHEi5ZsnI and, if you understand Turkish, a six minute news item from the Haber Turk TV channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eDdEkkxsN8







 
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