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Chess aims to be part of school curriculum

The Fiji Chess Federation (FCF) successfully organised their first Teacher’s Seminar in Suva today. Held at the Yat Sen Secondary school, the workshop introduced twelve schools as part of a Chess-in-Schools (CIS) programme.  The schools were mainly from Suva and surrounding areas while there was one each from Sigatoka and Navua. Federation President Calvin Prasad said […]

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May 14, 2016 3:05 pm

The Fiji Chess Federation (FCF) successfully organised their first Teacher’s Seminar in Suva today.

Salote Saucakue, a teacher from Deenbandhoo Primary Schools in Suva participating at the Chess-in-Schools Workshop. (Fiji Chess).
Salote Saucake, a teacher from Deenbandhoo Primary Schools in Suva participating at the Chess-in-Schools Workshop. (Fiji Chess).

Held at the Yat Sen Secondary school, the workshop introduced twelve schools as part of a Chess-in-Schools (CIS) programme.  The schools were mainly from Suva and surrounding areas while there was one each from Sigatoka and Navua.

Federation President Calvin Prasad said participating teachers were encouraged to become an ‘Accredited Chess Teacher’ and each received a Club Starter Pack worth $500.

PRASAD: “Our Club Starter Packs included chess sets, demonstration boards, teacher manuals and student workbooks.  It’s important the teachers use the manuals when they are teaching chess, as this would make the process of learning chess easier for them and fun for students.”

According to Prasad, CIS programmes have been introduced successfully in numerous countries around the world.

PRASAD: “The primary challenge is to explore and develop the way we think.  Chess is used in schools not to create better chess players, but to create more intelligent school leavers.”

Prasad said European countries had officially adopted CIS as part of their school curriculum as an elective subject, and studies show schools in Spain finding out that an hour of chess a week improved a pupil’s performance in maths by as much thirty percent.

PRASAD: “The latest inclusion is Spain, where their Parliament last year unanimously adopted a law allowing regional governments to introduce chess as a compulsory or optional subject in schools.”

The Fiji Chess Federation aims to use the results from the pilot programme and present a paper to the Ministry of Education.

PRASAD: “We hope to be able to convince the Ministry of Education on the benefits of introducing chess in Fiji schools as a means to develop students’ abilities.  Chess makes kids smart.”

Participants at CIS workshop. (Fiji Chess)
Participants at CIS workshop. (Fiji Chess).

The participating schools in the pilot programme are:

  • Yat Sen Secondary
  • Deenbandhoo Primary
  • International Secondary
  • Saraswati (Manoca) Primary
  • Gospel High School
  • Cuvu College
  • MGM Primary
  • Rishikul Nadera Primary
  • IGM Primary
  • Dudley High School
  • MGM High
  • Rampur Primary

The Fiji Chess Federation aims to hold more seminars this year.

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