The French Chess Federation (FFE - Fédération Française des Echecs) first signed a convention with the national Ministry of Education in 2007. That was for three years. The convention has recently been renewed for another three years until 2014.
The most important point is that the Ministry of Education officially recognizes the educational benefits of chess.
Just over a week ago, Tufts University (Massachusetts) announced the winners of the inaugural "Capturing Change on Camera" video competition, which promotes nonprofits that help children and families and filmmakers who tell their stories through visual testimonials. This video, by Bao Nguyen, won second prize under the title "Chess Saved my Life," the words uttered by Juan de Jesus at the end of the video.
The video (duration 4m 50s) was produced by Chess-in-the- Schools, a New York City-based organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children through chess. Official Web Site
Human Chess is an activity that can be developed in schools. Besides stimulating the development of skills related to school education and as a tool of cultural stimulation. This activity can give students a different way of interactive participation. In this video, students from 10 schools in the city of Santa Maria de Jetibá - Brazil participated in a parade of topics related to chess and a human chess competition
Video comes from Mr.Charles Moura Netto, member of FIDE CIS. Duration 6m 20s.
I am delighted to welcome you to the CIS web site. Children who learn chess are, on average, more intelligent, healthier and better socially adjusted.
There are also big advantages for FIDE and our national federations if many more schoolchildren learn chess. Our ultimate objective is that every child should learn to play chess. We do not need to go far along that road before chess would be recognized as the number one sport in the world.
Chess in Schools is to be our main focus during this mandate and, as I promised in Khanty-Mansiysk, I have been visiting countries to promote Chess in Schools to heads of government and education ministries. I am excited about the special CIS projects. This web site will be a report card of our progress.
I congratulate the Commission on launching this web site and give it my full support, exhorting the Commission to strive for great achievements.