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Romania's Chess in School project progress
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00
Romania's Iasi is a center of country's chess in schools movement. Every year 5000 children learn chess.
In July of 2011 Iasi held European Youth chess championships, and in April-May 2012 World school chess championships took place there.
Iasi not only has chess in schools project running, but chess is also present in kindergardens and neighborhoods.
Chess in schools commission of Romanian chess federation sent us this presentation of their activities - take a look to find out more. Romania_CIS.pdf (2 Mb!)

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Paraguay makes its first step to introduce chess in schools
Friday, 02 November 2012 20:22
At the request of Congressman John A. Denis (PLRA-Central), the plenary of Deputies approved a draft declaration, "It is declared that chess is of educational and sporting interest."

The document recognizes chess as a sport science that promotes educational values ​​and demonstrates the scientific relationship with the development of cognitive, aesthetic and social skills. It is also proposed to urge national authorities that chess be considered as a pedagogical support in the education system by the institutions and bodies of the State.

Mr. Victor M. Oxley (advisor for Paraguay's Parliament, Chamber of Deputies, who kindly provided us with this information) and Deputy Juan Antonio Denis are working on the bill to intorduce chess as a subject in school curriculum of Paraguay.
 
CiS Training Seminars in India
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:59

chennai_welcomes_dsc_0045 Shot In The Arm For Chess In Schools Program

 Mr.J.C.D.Prabhakar, the President of All India Chess Federation held discussions with Mr. Kevin O'Connell, Executive Secretary, Chess In Schools Commission of FIDE (World Chess Federation) today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where a three days seminar is being conducted from 18th October 2012. During the discussion Mr.Prabhakar highlighted the keen interest shown by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr.J.Jayalalithaa, in promoting whole lot of sports and the game of chess in particular in the State of Tamil Nadu. He informed him that she has introduced a very ambitious programme for school children who are 7 to 17 years of age and has made it mandatory for all the Government School children to learn the game. Efforts are already under way by the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association to equip the physical education teachers and other teachers from various schools with the knowledge of the game of chess so that they can teach the children in their respective schools.

The AICF in its efforts to complement the above decision of the Tamil Nadu Government decided to bring a foreign expert Mr. O'Connell, Executive Secretary, Chess in School Commission of FIDE (World Chess Federation). FIDE's Chess In Schools programme is active with its Executive Secretary, Mr. O'Connell of Ireland giving lectures on training teachers and the art of introducing chess in schools.

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FIDE and Trinidad and Tobago signed CIS Memo of Understanding
Thursday, 18 October 2012 10:11

tto_freeman_signingNigel Freeman, FIDE Treasurer and Executive Director signed a Memo of Understanding regarding Chess in Schools on 8th October between FIDE, the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education and the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Federation.

This was at the end of a very successful meeting at the Ministry of Education with, the Ministry regarding chess as an important tool in their new education policy. Mr. Freeman thanked the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Federation, Russell Smith and his colleagues on the Board for all the hard work that had done to ensure the success of this project. Later, together with Allan Herbert, FIDE Development Commission Chairman and Russell Smith, he then made a speech at the Trinidad and Tobago University to potential teachers of the Chess in Schools program.

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Rosneft Chess in Schools Weekend in Geneva
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:52

geneva03CiS Training Days in Geneva, sponsored by Rosneft, took place on the second weekend of October 2012 supporting the introduction of Chess in Schools in Geneva (Switzerland).

It was attended by local authorities, city principals, many teachers (who participated in a seminar) and of course a great amount of children who played in a specially organized tournament.

One of the organizers GM Gilles Miralles gives the following figures intended to be implemented in 2012-2013: 25 schools, 80 classes, 1,500 children and over 1200 hours of school time for chess.

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