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CIS Visit to Mauritania
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:13
coverThanks to our excellent President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov for investing huge sources in Chess in School Program of FIDE. The last 18 years of work produced impressive examples of chess in schools movement around the globe.

One of those examples is Mauritania. As a Chairman of CIS Commission I have made an official visit to Nouakchott from the 25th of April to the 1st of May 2013.
Paraguay enacts law for Chess in Schools
Sunday, 05 May 2013 08:18

paraguayflagLast week a law was passed to establish chess in the curriculum of primary schools in Paraguay.

Victor M. Oxley, deputy parliamentary adviser to Juan Antonio Denis Congress of Paraguay sends us the details:

I am writing to tell you that on April 30, 2013, adopted the Law establishing The Chess In School Education Curriculum Of Basic And Media In The Education System Of Paraguay .. As background, the Paraguayan national Congress approved (October 25, 2012) the Draft Declaration, Declares The Interest Which Education And Sports Chess. This link (in Spanish) corroborates this story under the heading of Include Chess In The Basic School Curriculum.

More African Hope
Sunday, 05 May 2013 07:04
ah1The African Hope Learning Centre is a School for refugees, set up in Cairo. It has about 500 students who have escaped civil war and related problems in a variety of African countries. Last year they ran their first chess tournament, which we reported on here. This spring saw their second tournament. Our thanks to Lim Nan for the report that follows. There is also a video/photo slide at You tube: - enjoy!

More are in the fight!

Since the introduction of chess in school, our weekly attendance has been steadily rising. We now average about 20 students. Last year, we had 12 participants for the competition, of which two were girls.

This year, we had 22 of which five were girls! The participants were mainly from South Sudan, Congo and Eritrea.

CiS in Croatia
Friday, 03 May 2013 11:51

CiS Executive Secretary visited Croatia for discussions on implementing a CiS program. A previous proposal to the Ministry of Education had been rejected, but there is now more support for the idea and a new proposal is to be presented.

Two out of three primary schools (covering ages 7-14) in Zagreb have expressed interest  and would like to have chess as an elective subject in their schools. 25/85 middle schools would also welcome the idea.

Mr O’Connell met with Croatian chess federation president Josip Leko, General Secretary Ervin Sindik  (IM, FT, IO) and Goran Dizdar (GM, FST), leader of Croatia’s CiS project.

CIS Chairman visited Bangkok
Friday, 22 March 2013 14:42

thai02Chess in schools commission Chairman Ali Nihat YAZICI made an official visit to Bangkok, Thailand, from 9 to 11 March 2013. The main topic of the discussion was Chess in Schools and the opportunities it gives for the development of the Federation. Members of the board of Thai Chess Association and Yazici have discussed a detailed Master Plan for the TCA. The President of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had already launched the CIS project of Thailand in 2011. 

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