Diploma in Socio-Cultural and Educational Aspects of Chess
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 18:30
The first Diploma in Socio-Cultural and Educational Aspects of Chess has begun in Argentina. 

diplo_ajedrez-flyer_2013The course is imparted by the Secretary of University Extension of the University of San Martín (UBA), with the support of the Argentinean Professional Chessplayers Association (APA).  The UNSAM is committed to developing its activities as a scholarly, humanistic, and universal institution that values academic excellence, personalized education, and the promotion of a critical and creative spirit.

This course provides an introductory Educational and Socio-Cultural survey of Chess history, addressing selected major periods from the Indo-Persian Protochess origin, or Chaturanga, to the Modern chess.  In addition, particular focus is given to Medieval chess and Argentinean chess history along with educational chess methodologies in elementary school and high school.

The objective of the course is to educate school teachers and chess players in the history and practice of chess employing educational pedagogic methodologies.  As an introductory course, no previous experience in the study of chess is necessary for intending applicants and it is designed as a part-time course.  However, students will be required to do independent study and full attendance of all classes is strongly advised.

There is much more information (in Spanish) below:

Conference in Khanty-Mansiysk
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 18:12
Conference in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

0125-emelianova_06112013The latest in a series of international scientific chess conferences – «Chess Education – an Important Resource of the World System of Education» – was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, 10-13 June 2013. The conference was attended by more than 150 teachers from Armenia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey. Similar conferences had been organized in Tomsk (2008), Elista (2008, 2009), Moscow (2009, 2010), Khanty-Mansiysk (2010) and Satka (2011).

At the conference a number of papers were presented which showed possible ways of implementing the ideas of the «Chess in School» Declaration adopted by the European Parliament in 2012. The reports addressed the key aspects of chess education, specified its aims and objectives, clarified its goal-setting and scientific basis and outlined its short-term and long-term prospects.

The resolution expressed gratitude to the FIDE President for his support and the Chess in Schools Commission for this website.

Chess made Check mate!
Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:15

Check mate – clever chess charity bags innovation award

engA charity which brings chess into schools and communities has won a prestigious award at the Sport and Recreation Alliance's Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

Chess in Schools and Communities was presented with the Innovative Project Award sponsored by specialist insurance company Hiscox.

The award was presented to the charity’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Pein, by HRH The Earl of Wessex at St. James’s Palace in London today after the charity impressed the judges with their ground-breaking initiative over the past year.

With studies showing a clear link between kids who play chess and improved concentration and educational attainment, Chess in Schools and Communities has doubled in size in the past year and is now operating in 200 schools up and down the country.

CiS Conferences
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:41
The latest conferences on chess in schools take place this month.

rom Simpozionul "Educatie prin sah" is in Bucharest, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and patronage of the Romanian Academy and Romanian Parliament. CiS Commission member Alessandro Dominici is among the speakers on June 4 and CiS Executive Secretary will also make a presentation by video link on June 5.

Coming up is the 1st International Conference on the Applications of Chess and Education in Madrid. Entitled Chess Helps You Think, CiS will be represented by GM Susan Polgar, our Special Advisor on Higher Education. The Chess Helps You Think web site is presently only in Spanish, but you can read the English prospectus here .
CIS Visit to Mauritania - part 2
Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:33
Thank you for your feedback and appreciation for the first part. Now I would like to give more information on what we are planning for Mauritanian Chess. I will continue as in the first article giving the daily program and brief information.
29 April
29 April 2013 was the day when we visited ministers in Nouakchott. The first visit was to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of Mauritania, Her Excellency Mme Cisse Mint Cheikh Ould Boide. The main subject of the discussion was the benefits of chess as an educational tool, and Mrs. Minister promised to support MCF as she had done before. The meeting was attended by the Cultural Counsellor of Ministry Mr.Mohamedou Hdana as well. If you want to know more about the minister, here is the CV:pdfcv_minister_sport.pdf
L-R: Mr.Mohamedou HDANA (Cultural Counsellor), Yazici, Hon'ble Minister, Dr. Ould Bah (President of MCF), Mr. Mbodj Amadou Ousmane (Sport Director)

Mrs. Minister has asked us that if we can build a chess centre by the condition that she provides the field free of charge to federation. That sounds a very nice news for MCF. After the meeting we have discussed that issue and decided that this should be part of Master Plan.
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