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Romania approves chess for primary school curriculum
Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:09
romania_kni_signsIn 2014 an Education Ministry decree approved the curriculum for the first 2 years for studying chess, as an optional matter in the primary schools. This achievement opens the possibility to any school – pupils, teachers, parents, to choose chess as a class and follow the curriculum, choose some manuals and to learn and play this wonderful and useful educational tool.

Moreover, this May an agreement was signed between the Education Minister and the Romanian Chess Federation, putting into practice the proper spreading of knowledge of chess among teachers through the administrative education institutions and by providing a chess kit to 500 schools. The chess kits contain 10 chess sets, 1 demo board and manuals. This platform creates the basis for a large expansion of chess in the education institutions all over the country, offers the possibility for kids to benefit from learning and playing chess and so grows the awareness of chess in Romania.
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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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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 .

 
Teaching Materials
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:05
literature_pw_reads_book-telic-jf0028-4We are updating the materials across the site.

The most important recent additions are in the Teaching Materials section (click on the Teaching Materials link on the left). They include:

The first year class book by Dr Kulaç. This is a freely downloadable file (30mb pdf) in English. French and Arabic versions are ready and will follow shortly.

A Teacher Guide by Dr Kulaç. Freely downloadable (3mb pdf). In English, it is intended for use by teachers working with his first year class book. The French translation is complete and will be available soon. That will be followed by Arabic.

Planet Chess by FST O'Connell. This is a simple introductory guide for beginners. It is intended for use by children, younger ones will need to work with an adult. This has already been translated into almost all major languages (including Arabic, French, German, Russian, Spanish...) and those versions will soon be available on this site.

A 14-page glossary of chess terms which should prove useful to student, teachers and parents alike.
 
Paraguay completes legislation for chess in schools
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:23

paraguayflag'I am pleased to announce that today, March 13, 2014 the inclusion of Chess in the school curriculum of Basic and Secondary Education across the country was finally approved in both chambers of our Parliament.' (Victor Oxley, Draft Legislative Counsel)

These matters take time and there is still one more step - the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, must sign the legislation. Hopefully, that will be a formality.

CHRONOLOGY OF THE LAW INTRODUCING SCHOOLS CHESS IN PARAGUAY


25/10/2012: The Honourable House of Representatives of the nation declares interest of education and sports chess (proposed by Rep. Juan Antonio Denis member of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Paraguay).


19/03/2013: The Honourable House of Representatives of the nation approves the bill "to include chess in the school curriculum of basic education and media in the education system of paraguay" (proposed by Rep. Juan Antonio Denis member Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Paraguay).


paraguayfed27/06/2013: The Honourable Senate approves the bill "to include chess in the school curriculum of basic education and media in the education system of Paraguay" with amendments.


09/10/2013: The Honourable House of Representatives of the nation rejects the amendment by the Senate (proposed by Rep. Juan Bartolome Ramirez Brizuela Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Paraguay).


03/13/2014: The Honourable Senate approves the bill "to include chess in the curriculum of school education and media in the basic education system of Paraguay" the original text of the Honourable Deputies Chamber.

So, the way is almost clear for the roll-out to begin. 

 
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