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FIDE Student Magazine
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:42
The FIDE Student Magazine has 8 pages (or more) at least twice a month throughout the year. It is emailed free of charge to all our student members. It is available in multiple languages. We have produced more than 80 issues and you can download the following samples:
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CiS/Scholastic Chess Seminar Tromso
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:31
Social aspects of chess, chess in integration, chess in society and more...

Saturday 9 August at the University Science Centre 'Vitensenteret (5km from city centre) 09:00-12:30.

Keynote speakers (09:15-10:45): Leontxo Garcia, Kevin O'Connell, Stefan Löffler, Jan Callewaert.
break 10:45-11:15
11:15-12:15 (end): Local contribution and various discussions. 

Free shuttle bus from Prostneset (near Clarion The Edge hotel) leaving at 08:30. Return scheduled at 12:30.
 
CiS Commission meeting - Tromso
Monday, 04 August 2014 14:59
p00aThe CiS Commission meeting took place at 15:00 on Wednesday 6th August. The venue was the Radisson Blu hotel - in meeting room Aurora Nord.

Here is the Agenda and the Chairman's report (Annex 24 to General Assembly) &

the Commission's 4-year report for 2010-2014 (48 pages, 2.9mb).

You can also get a small (lo-res, 6.5mb) version of Chess in Schools - Our Global Future .

The other reports, from Bulgaria, China, Croatia, France, India, Iran, Moldova, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA & Venezuela, are now available here.
 
 
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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