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Higher Education
Saturday, 24 February 2018 13:15
bac1FIDE’s CiS Commission covers not just chess in schools, especially primary schools, but also pre-school (http://eys.fide.com), secondary schools and higher education.

The field of Higher Education gets comparatively little attention, but chess is making real progress in this area.

We think the first to adopt a programme was the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) in 2011. That has developed into a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree course with first intake in 2017. See our forthcoming feature.

Also in 2017, chess was introduced as an option as part of the Baccalaureat, the French diploma that students take at the end of their secondary education and which opens the way to higher education. If you understand French, then follow the link...
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Gymnasiade, Marrakech 02-09.05.2018
Friday, 23 February 2018 12:38
isf logoISF, the International School Sport Federation, has organized the Gymnasiade since 1974 and in 2016 added chess to the list of sports included.

Morocco organizes the 17th Gymnasiade, the first to take place on the African continent.

The chess discipline includes two tournaments, one for boys and one for girls. In each case players must have been born in the years 2000-2001-2002.

So far entries for the chess events include Armenia, China, France, Iran, Morocco, Russia and Ukraine. Chess entries will be accepted until the end of March.

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Chess in prisons in Mallorca & Menorca
Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:47
balearsWe have an interesting article (in Spanish) by Guillem Simo & Pep Suarez about the chess programme that began in 2008 and continues today.

The rapid tournament mentioned in the article, which was held in the Centro Penitenciario de Menorca, pitted four unrated inmates against four rated players from the federation. It was won by one of those unrated inmates!

The main aspect of the programme is to use chess as a tool to develop reflection and better to take decisions in critical moments.

Such programmes, like all uses of chess for educational purposes, came under FIDE's Chess in Schools Commission but since 2014 prison programmes are mostly developed by FIDE's Social Projects Commission.

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Facebook & Twitter
Saturday, 17 February 2018 21:44
fb cistwitter cisDid you know that we have been on Facebook and Twitter for years?

You can find and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Chess-in-Schools-Commission-FIDE-1551095485130869/

On Twitter, we are @FIDEschoolChess



 
Chess - A Tool for Education & Health
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:06
Chess - A Tool for Education & HealthIn 2012 we published the 48 page booklet Chess in Schools - Our Global Future.

In 2014 we published a major update as a 2nd edition (available here).

We have now completed a 3rd edition. This is a completely new booklet and we have changed the title to Chess - A Tool for Education & Health.

It will shortly be available for free download from this site.

In addition to the English edition, there will be free downloads for versions in French & Spanish.

If you want to promote chess in schools, this is the booklet you need.

It also provides support for those promoting chess as part of a social project, helping deprived children, prisoners, older citizens threatened with cognitive decline, and many others.

We encourage you to circulate it freely to ministries, school heads, teachers, parents and chess organizations of all kinds.

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