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CiS Statistics
Saturday, 07 July 2012 11:49
These are the best figures we have (mostly from 2011). They will be updated from the 2012 Questionnaire. (curr. = part of the curriculum in some way).

2011 statistics Total Primary CIS Project CIS schools CIS kids teachers coaches
Schools Schools FIDE FED other        
Albania
Algeria 25 456 18 000 no yes no ? ? 0 300
Andorra 1 100 2
Armenia curr. 1 500
Aruba
Australia
Austria 4 000 194
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Bermuda
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 000 60
Botswana
British Virgin Isles
Brunei
Bulgaria 5 833 1 056 no yes 652 1 700 150 590
Burundi no prep no
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China 4 500 000
Chinese Taipei
Colombia 105 647 no yes 60 000 250 250
Costa Rica
Croatia prep
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark 2 000 no no yes 175 6 974 225 175
Dominican Republic
England no no yes 2 000 70 000 ? ?
Faroe Isles 95 15 no yes 36 ? 0 1
Fiji
Finland 1 000 50
France 66 400 38 000 no yes 300 000 1 500 1 500
Gabon
Georgia 5 350 1 000
Germany 10 000 ? no yes 3 240 60 000 1 700 700
Ghana ? ? no yes ? ? ? ?
Greece 50 000 500
Guernsey
Haiti 28 757 16 086 450 0 30
Hong Kong
Hungary 5 000
Iceland 667 176 no yes 284 2 940 40 25
India 11 000 1 000 000
Iran
Iraq
Ireland 4 025 3 295 no no yes 75 2 835 2 20
Israel ? ? yes yes ? ? ? ?
Italy 75 445 24 730 no yes 323 9 200 550 330
Jamaica 10 000
Jersey
Jordan
Kenya ? ? no yes ? ? ? ?
Kyrgystan
Laos
Latvia 2 850 950 6 1 100 6 30
Lebanon
Liechtenstein 45 14 no ? 2 ? 1 1
Lithuania
Macau 80 61 no no 9 90 1 3
Macedonia 100 10
Madagascar ? ? yes 10 70 0 5
Malawi 15 300 14 000 no yes 246 1 400 40 8
Macedonia
Mali 12 300 9 862 no yes 440 220 1 4
Malta 136 80 no yes 12 150 4 5
Mauritania 6 4 no yes 8 189 0 7
Moldova 2 300 700 no yes 250 10 000 110 140
Mongolia
Montenegro
Nepal
Netherlands ? ? no yes ? 10 000 ? 100
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria     no yes 119 150 700 000 100 000 270 000
Palau
Palestine 8 000 3 000 no yes ? 19 750 200 1 100
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland 15 000 450
Portugal 5 500 2 000 no yes 552 9 000 100 20
Romania 11 000 4 000 no yes 967 5 300 20 150
Russia
Russia - Kalmykia 176 no yes no 168 7 677 168 11
Russia - Khanty-Mansiysk 42 6 000
Russia - Tatarstan ? ? no yes no 740 42 000 ? ?
Rwanda
San Marino 20 6
Sao Tome & Principe
Scotland ? ? no yes ? ? ? ?
Senegal
Serbia 164 88 no yes 168 3 215 126 22
Singapore
Slovakia yes yes
Slovenia 1 880 450 yes yes 450 1 000 ? 200
Solomon Islands
Somalia 5 060 2 855 no yes 30 1 173 6 4
South Africa 31 122 17 100 no yes 1 670 12 500 1 000 150
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden 4 500 3 500 no yes 1 070 10 000
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tunisia 7 864 4 513 no yes 90 900 57 29
Turkey 120 000 no yes curr. 20 000 2 250 000 47 000
Uganda
Ukraine
UAE
USA no no yes
US Virgin Isles 27 12 no no 8 ? 2 2
Uruguay 2 085 800 no yes 281 35 600 50 30
Vietnam ? ? yes yes ? ? ? ?
Zambia
Totals 554 720 165 347 0 0 0 164 154 9 234 003 153 309 279 714
 
Chess in Schools in Israel: Progress report
Monday, 28 May 2012 12:10
Chess in Schools project in Israel moves further. You can check the previous reports on it here and here.
The project is operated in second classes of primary schools in 12 communities selected according to socio-economic and geographical considerations while the population is both secular and religious, Arabs and Jews.

The program is based on the textbook "The Kings' Game for Kindergartens and younger divisions" approved by the Division for Pre School Education.  All the chess instructors got a 60 hour course and were certificated as Chess Instructor by the Israel Chess Federation.

The fact that so far at least 80% of the children in the project know to play chess and the responses of school principals, coordinators and especially combat children's knowledge prove the success of the project.

Recently Israel Chess Federation received the second part of donation by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the Chess in Schools project in Israel.

After clicking on 'read more', you can read the email from Israel Chess Federation to FIDE President.

Read more...
 
School Year around the World
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 22:22
We are trying to build a complete list for the dates, or at least months of the school year in every country This is essential information for us to plan how best to help. If you can fill in any of the missing gaps, please let us know ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Please click on "read more" to see the calendar chart.
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France - developments
Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:39
fra_aff_chpt_france_jeunes_2012_smallFirst, a useful idea we could all adopt. Second, a very important development.

Agreed draws were not permitted in this year's Youth Championships. This change proved to be a great success.

In January, the Ministry of Education issued an important notice to all education authorities in the country. This was an article in the "Bulletin officiel" (No.3 of 2012, 19 January). It relates to the introduction of chess in schools. The relevant text (direct link) is in Actions éducatives (under Enseignements primaire et secondaire). 

Here is a translation of perhaps the most important part of the text: The plan for science and technology in schools   expects teachers to use traditional games, such as chess, which helps the development of pupils' motivation and concentration, andencourages an independence of mind. Teachers will soon receive a guide about how to use chess as an educational tool...

The scheme is being piloted nationally. We will try to keep you informed of developments.

If you read French, and to save you the trouble of using the links above, here is the full text:

Read more...
 
England - Richard James shares some thoughts
Sunday, 22 April 2012 09:29
eng_chess_for_kids_smallcoverRichard James is well-known for his writings on chess in schools, especially the pedagogical side. He has just started a series of articles talking about chess education in general, but with special reference to England. England was arguably the leading country in the world for schools chess for a considerable portion of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. What went wrong? What can be done? We should learn a lot from Richard's thoughts.

His first proposition: England is way behind much of the world in junior chess, specifically in terms of strength in depth. We need to look at what’s happening in other, culturally similar, countries in Western Europe, and see how we can learn from them.

You can read Richard's biography and find links to all his web sites here.
 
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