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CiS Conferences
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:41
The latest conferences on chess in schools take place this month.

rom Simpozionul "Educatie prin sah" is in Bucharest, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and patronage of the Romanian Academy and Romanian Parliament. CiS Commission member Alessandro Dominici is among the speakers on June 4 and CiS Executive Secretary will also make a presentation by video link on June 5.

Coming up is the 1st International Conference on the Applications of Chess and Education in Madrid. Entitled Chess Helps You Think, CiS will be represented by GM Susan Polgar, our Special Advisor on Higher Education. The Chess Helps You Think web site is presently only in Spanish, but you can read the English prospectus here .
CIS Visit to Mauritania - part 2
Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:33
Thank you for your feedback and appreciation for the first part. Now I would like to give more information on what we are planning for Mauritanian Chess. I will continue as in the first article giving the daily program and brief information.
29 April
29 April 2013 was the day when we visited ministers in Nouakchott. The first visit was to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of Mauritania, Her Excellency Mme Cisse Mint Cheikh Ould Boide. The main subject of the discussion was the benefits of chess as an educational tool, and Mrs. Minister promised to support MCF as she had done before. The meeting was attended by the Cultural Counsellor of Ministry Mr.Mohamedou Hdana as well. If you want to know more about the minister, here is the CV:pdfcv_minister_sport.pdf
L-R: Mr.Mohamedou HDANA (Cultural Counsellor), Yazici, Hon'ble Minister, Dr. Ould Bah (President of MCF), Mr. Mbodj Amadou Ousmane (Sport Director)

Mrs. Minister has asked us that if we can build a chess centre by the condition that she provides the field free of charge to federation. That sounds a very nice news for MCF. After the meeting we have discussed that issue and decided that this should be part of Master Plan.
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.

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