EDU around South America
22.08.2019 21:21
guayaquilEDU Councillor Leontxo Garcia accompanied FIDE President on a tour of South American countries, promoting CiS/EDU, visiting Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Chile & Argetina.

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EDU Councillor Uvencio Blanco gave presentations at two conferences in South America: Guayaquil, Ecuador - 28 July (Women's empowerment in chess and its impact on education) and Parana, Brasil (1st International Chess Researchers Meeting) - 13-14 August. See below for details.


Conference on "Women's empowerment in chess and its impact on education".
by Dr. Uvencio Blanco Hernández
Again and within the programming of the “XXX Festival of Chess of the Youth of Guayaquil 2019”, a conference was developed directed to teachers, coaches and parents who participate in this event. This second conference titled "The empowerment of chess women and its impact on education" was developed by Uvencio Blanco Hernandez, former president, current Counselor of the Commission of Chess and Education FIDE and member of the "High Standards of Quality Teamgroup”.
There he reported that in January of this year he had designed and sent to FIDE - through the Venezuelan Chess Federation - several proposals organized under the title "Boards for Peace". One of them was "The empowerment of the chess woman".
It is a project that tries to promote a program of training courses, training and updating of chess women in the empowerment of important areas of interest FIDE. These courses are aimed at women of different levels of play, ages, socio-cultural contexts and interests.
It is articulated with other projects or initiatives of FIDE, in particular with the lines of action of the commissions: Planning and Development FIDE; Women in Chess; Chess and Education; Trainers; Referees and Organizers. It can also count on the support or advice of institutions such as the national chess federations themselves, UNESCO and the IOC.
She indicated that later, in mid-June, the FIDE website published a statement given in Geneva by President Arkady Dvorkovich, in which he offered to support a process of empowerment of women chess players. According to him, "the initial objective of the proposal is to increase women's participation in professional chess. Another important objective is to increase the participation of women in executive positions within FIDE; as well as to promote women leaders, as our international partners and ambassadors of the game.
In this sense, the grand master Judit Polgar, member of the FIDE Chess and Education Commission, congratulated the president's initiative and offered her support to it.
We are interested in making visible the current situation of chess women in the world; contributing to their professional empowerment; understood as a factor that contributes to the generation of new opportunities for participation, employment and income, within the framework of the organizational structure of FIDE.
Empowerment is a personal process, something that happens to each person. However, institutions can promote women's personal and group empowerment processes; this is precisely the case of FIDE.
Among the objectives of the project are: to organize, within the framework of regional, continental and world events, conferences, seminars and workshops on women's empowerment, their history, process and importance; to exchange their know-how of different tools and experiences to promote women's entrepreneurial potential; to debate the position of women entrepreneurs in times of global change, within the framework of sports organizations such as FIDE and; to discuss in all courses, relevant aspects of their involvement in projects related to the different FIDE work commissions.
In this sense, it is important that the national sports federations develop policies that contribute to diminish the desertion of female players from the world of chess and their disconnection from chess activities.
The courses are aimed at women of different levels of play, ages, socio-cultural contexts and interests. That is to say, to form chess women as human resource enabled for the empowerment of specific technical areas; such as direction, education, training, arbitration and organization of chess events, among other alternatives.
In fact, the chess players participating in the different courses will be able to acquire a general knowledge of the specific needs presented by the different national federations and FIDE work commissions; and of the empowerment process necessary to constitute support teams to reach a higher level of protagonism and participation, both in chess dissemination projects in each of their regions of origin, as well as in their own professional growth within the FIDE organization.
It is hoped that the project will be part of the set of proposals presented to the FIDE Education Commission that will allow the massive incorporation of teachers in the diffusion and teaching of chess in the world.


Report by Dr Uvencio Blanco:
Between August 13 and 14, the 1st International Chess Researchers Meeting was held. This event was efficiently coordinated by Dr. Valerio Brusamolin from the Federal Institute of Paraná (IFPR) and was developed as one of the activities that make up the Sesc Caiobá 2019 Chess Festival.
There and in representation of the Commission of Chess and Education FIDE, was present the counselor, Dr. Uvencio Blanco Hernandez (VEN), who spoke about the vision, mission and policy to develop this team during the period 2019 - 2022, under the guidelines of GM Smbat Lputian, president of that commission.
Among the most important objectives are:
1. To know and disseminate activities related to extension, teaching, research and innovation in the use of chess as an educational, pedagogical or therapeutic tool.
2. To value the efforts and encourage the initiatives of all those involved in chess research.
3. To stimulate the exchange of experiences among chess researchers in Brazil.
4. To be a space for reflection, evaluation, integration and development of new proposals for research, extension and innovation with the use of chess.

Among the main presentations we can point out:
1, University of La Punta Chess Program.
WGM Claudia Amura (ARG).
2. Advances of cognitive research in the field of chess.
Dr. Uvencio Blanco Hernández (VEN) and Advisor of the Commission of Chess and Education FIDE.
3. Chess and logical reasoning: in search of relationships.
Dr. Wilson da Silva.
4. School chess: a school management perspective.
Prof. Gustavo Naranja.

The following papers and researches were also presented:
1. Ms. Geovana Ezequieli
Telling tales of the queen of Katwe.
2. Prof. Ms. Cristiana Fiusa Ram
Female category in check. Reflections on the permanence of the female category in chess tournaments from the perspective of neuroscience.
3. Prof. Emerson Nunes Brasilino.
Chess as a tool of social interaction in students who participate in the service of coexistence and strengthening of the bonds of Marialva-PR.
4. Dr. Iandra Pavanati.
The experience of the next 8 years of activities developed with the game of chess in the university.
5. Prof. Isabella Stream Herrero.
The benefits of chess in education.
6. Dr. Peral Kariston.
Next chess system (NX): New chess modalities developed based on the Fischer/Random system (Chess 960).
7. Ms. Leo Pasqualini De Andrade.
Therapeutic chess.
8. Prof. María Isabel Trivilin.
Gender and chess: The position of women and gender relations in the world of chess.
9. Prof. Paulo Giovanni De Almeida Nicolini.
Experiences with teaching chess to special education students in regular schools in Sao Paulo.
10. Prof. Isabella Stream Herrero.
The game of chess as a cultural and technological artefact.
11. Dr. Uvencio Blanco Hernández.
The empowerment of the chess woman.
12. Ms. Augusto Tirado.
The training of chess players through the use of technological resources.
13. Prof. Paulo Virgilio Ríos Rodríguez.
The game of chess as technology for the process of teaching and learning.
14. Prof. Vinicius Silva Rodrígues De los Santos.
Inclusion challenges the teaching, organization and management of school time and space.
15. Ms. Liziane Nathalia Vicenzi.
30 Years of media coverage of chess matches: a socio-historical study in national magazines and newspapers and printed from 1990 to 2020.
16. Ms. Leo Pasqualini De Andrade.
The game of chess as a laboratory of cognitive skills.

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