Chess in Schools Teacher Training Programme

Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) to host Teaching Training seminar for Primary school teachers

The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association, in collaboration with the World Chess Governing Body, FIDE, will host two training seminars targeted to Primary School teachers. The first will be held during the period July 2-4, 2014 at St Madeleine Gov’t Secondary (next to UTT Corinth Campus). The second shall be held in Tobago during the period July 7-9, 2014. These initial seminars would be conducted by Kevin O’Connell, Secretary General of Fide Chess in Schools (CiS).

These seminars were arranged after discussions between the TTCA , FIDE Vice President, Ali Nihat Yazici, and the Chief Education Officer and his staff as well as the Department of Education in Tobago. The primary objective of these seminars is to develop a cadre of teachers who are equipped with the skills to teach children the fundamentals of chess. As several studies have shown, the introduction of chess, particularly to children, brings several benefits which include: Increased concentration and focus, enhanced cognitive development as well as critical thinking skills. Therefore the introduction of chess would assist the Ministry and the Division of Education in meeting their goal of holistic development of school children. It will also assist the TTCA in increasing the base of chess players throughout the country which, in turn, will increase the number of elite players with the potential to improve the country’s ranking in the sport. This key initiative is a follow up on the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in 2012 between FIDE (CiS) and the Ministry of Education under the leadership of then TTCA President, Russell Smith.

Anderson Gordon, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association was very pleased at the progress made with this initiative and he remarked “This is a very significant milestone in our goal to widen our base of players while building productive members of our society.”

The intention is that this programme will be rolled out to primary school teachers across all seven educational districts as well as in Tobago.

At the end of the seminar, successful participants would obtain the title of National School Instructor from the TTCA.

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