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Chess an obligatory subject in Russian schools
Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:00
olga cb 82139Starting September 1st, all Russian first graders will study chess for at least 33 hours per year. Chess replaces the third period of physical education class, which many parents and teachers felt was excessive in any case.

The Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilyeva, said:

I am convinced that we should play chess at school. It is difficult to argue against statistics, and at home and abroad, children playing chess have better academic performance on the order of 35-40%. Engagement with the chess helps the children with mental development.

School Instructor seminar AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay
Monday, 08 July 2019 11:23
curso paraguay aficheThe FIDE School Instructor seminar in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay was a huge success.

Following the introduction of a law last year, establishing chess as a pedagogical support activity in schools ( there was a huge need to train teachers to provide that support.

That is why so many - 49 - attended  this seminar (see photo below with the Lecturers front row centre).

EDU member Bernardo Roselli was main Lecturer, assisted by Esteban Jaureguizar whose presentation of Early Years Skills was especially appreciated.

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Conference 'Education through Chess' in Mamaia, Romania
Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:43
ro2019This conference took place under the patronage of the Council of the European Union at the Constanta Exposition Centre in Mamaia on June 2.

We are grateful to FIDE-EDU member Ion Dobronauteanu of Romania for the following information.

After many months of efforts, the Romanian organizers obtained for the conference the Patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council Romania held the Presidency for the first half of 2019). This new recognition at European Union level gives a valuable appreciation of all our work. It shows that it is possible to get support from EU institutions for education through chess, our main focus.

FIDE Honorary Vice President, GM Judit Polgar sent a video message:

Bhutan Workshop
Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:30
lessonsEDU's Asian Continent Coordinator, Atanu Lahiri was recently in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, known as 'Land of Happiness'. He was there to provide basic chess training to 30 School Sports Instructors. This was at the initiative of the All India Chess Federation (because Bhutan does not yet have its own chess federation) and the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Education of Government of Bhutan. 

Some of the instructors had travelled for more than two days in order to attend - the country consists mostly of high mountains and some of the 20 Districts are remote from the capital Thimphu where the workshop was held.

Chess in Education Conference - Tsaghkadzor
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:03
conference room pic
The 2019 Chess in Education conference in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia was an important event.

What was special? Aside from many significant presentations, there were representatives from several Ministries of Education.

Usually, attendees are already involved in the field, but getting the involvement of Ministers, Secretaries and other representatives from national Educational authorities is essential if we are to succeed in our objective of using chess as an educational tool - something to improve educational outcomes, not something dedicated to producing chess players.

You can get a flavour of the conference from the video (7 min.) here:

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