During the 2013 1st quarter Presidential Board in Armenia (19-20 of January) Armenian chess federation presented their Chess in Schools program (presentation made by GM Smbat Lputian). With the support of President of Armenia and Armenian chess federation President Serzh Sargsyan the program reached a huge success in the country.
Chess is included in the school curriculum, Chess Academy in built in Yerevan to support trainers and teachers, National Scholastic chess Olympiad is held annually. Psycologists and teachers took part in the development of scholastic materials for chess in schools program and this large work took 2 years of discussions. 1900 teachers were trained, there were hundreds of training sessions held. Since 2011 the program took under its umbrella 1574 schools throughout Armenia and Nagorno-Kharabakh with 74.000 pupils involved.
Five years ago, FM Warren Elliott approached VAZ Preparatory School with a project for teaching chess in school. Since then, with help from the Ministry of Education, his project has become part of the curriculum in quite a few schools in Jamaica. There are theory and practical classes, and an exam each term, the results of which are included in the termly report and count for grades.
Our thanks to Development Commission Chairman Allan Herbert for this).
Click on the photo to watch the video.
Chess in Schools - prime time TV news
Saturday, 01 October 2011 18:03
Slovak TV prime time news (19:30 on 18 September) carried a two minute item on CIS in Slovakia. A précis/transcript (in English) is to follow. Our thanks to CIS Slovakia project leader Martin Huba for this.
China - Power & Harmony from Minsheng St primary school
Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:28
We all know the importance of harmony in chess, harmonious piece placement helping to avoid bad positions and leading to good results.
Minsheng Street Primary School, Jinan is a shining example of introducing chess harmoniously into the school curriculum.
Chess develops logical thinking, ability to think in the abstract and mental independence.
The chequered board was introduced from about the eleventh century. Before that, all the squares on a chessboard looked exactly the same ...
This wonderful video (2.2mn) comes from our Brazilian member Charles Moura Netto, based in Santa Maria de Jetiba.
We are sure your kids will love this, but if they are going to try it for themselves, make sure they notate their games - it will be excellent practice for them (no more reading the letters and numbers from the edges of the board!).
Chess is like a Camellia - Shenzhen Fuxin Primary School
This video is from a gigantic chess country, China! Camellias are native to Shenzhen in South China, where the Fuxin Primary School prepared this video about chess in their school, their neighbourhood, their city and their country.
But why is chess like a Camellia? The most famous member of the Camellia family is the tea plant and chess, like tea, has health benefits. Chess, as praticed in this school, notably introduces friendly parent-child competition and serves to promote social harmony in the neighbourhood. [that is just the view of a Westerner after watching this 10mn video]