Chess – In – Schools (CIS)
Chess is a mental game, it is often referred to as a mathematical exercise. Chess is a battle between two players with opposite goals in a limited space of 64 squares. Mathematicians call it a zero-sum game. In the twentieth century, many educators, parents and chess experts maintain that chess education improves a host of mental abilities, including abstract reasoning and problem-solving (Schmidt, 1982; Rifner, 1997).
Artise (1993) argues that the game of chess makes one of the most important contributions to the field of education. Inherent in it is the basic principles of psychological learning theory: “memory”, “pattern recognition”, “decision making and reinforcement”. Proponents believe that chess belongs in schools.
The CHESS – IN – SCHOOL program is focused on teaching students how to play chess not just as a game, but as a tool to further improve their learning capabilities. We teach Chess in selected schools at specified times agreed between us and the School Management from 45minutes to 2 hours per week.
The CHESS – IN – SCHOOL program has produced Champions at Events organized by the Nigerian Chess Federation (NCF), Sports Colony Nigeria (SCN) and the National School Sports Federation (NSSF) where they represented Edo State. Currently the CHESS – IN – SCHOOL program runs in Six (6) schools in the three Local Government Area in Benin City. This program currently has over 379 students.
2. Chess Academy (CA)
The Chess Academy has as its target group, students and adolescents who has the interest of playing chess, wants to acquire leadership skills and also wants to be a change agent in their various communities. The CHESS ACADEMY runs on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm and 8am – 11am every 1st Saturday (Physical Fitness Day) at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Most of the people in the Chess Academy do not have the opportunity to be taught Chess in their schools, while some of them are either through with their secondary school education or are on holidays. The Chess academy has some adults as members. The Academy currently has about 30 people as members.
3. CIS Alumni (CISA)
Chess – in – School Alumni (CISA) is a group comprising of Volunteers who has distinguished themselves and has passed through the Chess – In – School program. These volunteers are trained and re-trained and they assist in the smooth running of the Chess – In – School Program. They also help counsel students and organize tutorial classes to assist students in subject where they need help. Most of the Volunteers in this group are undergraduates.
4. CIS Volunteer Training Workshop (CIS-VTW)
The Chess – In – School Volunteer Training Workshop (CIS-VTW) is designed to train and re-train School teachers and other Volunteers with school environment where the Chess – In – School program is run. The Volunteers help in the organization and coordination of the CIS program in their respective school. This project currently has about 14 Volunteers.
5. Volunteer Training Workshop – Community Development (VTW-CD)
This workshop is organized for Volunteers who have indicated interest to carry out change projects in their communities. They are trained and equipped with relevant skills and equipped with relevant skills and information necessary for the success of their projects.
6. Chess Tournaments (CT)
Chess Tournaments are organized at regular intervals for the students. This is to create a platform where they can interact positively, compete and develop their chess skills. The tournaments are organized at short intervals to keep our young ones engaged, they also serve as a platform where young talents are discovered.
Outstanding participants are selected and put on special training programs and then given the opportunity to represent the State and Academy in competitions organized outside the state.
We have four types of tournaments:
7. Leadership Training Workshop (LTW)
The Leadership Training Workshop (LTW) is organized at regular intervals for all students in the CIS program, members of the Chess Academy and other interested Volunteers. People from schools and Churches and other interested organizations are also allowed to participate.
The workshop is aimed at helping participants acquire and develop Leadership Skills.
8. Entrepreneurship Workshop (EW)
The Entrepreneurship Workshop (EW) is a project that is designed to equip selected Volunteers with entrepreneurial and vocational skills. The main purpose of this project is to steer the volunteers entrepreneurship so they can be employers of labour and not a liability to anyone.
9. Excursion and Picnics
Excursions and Picnics are organized at least once a year for all students in the CIS program and all the Volunteers in Smile Network. The aim of this is to give them a platform where they can interact in a more relaxed environment.
10. Games fair (GF)
The Games Fair (GF) is organized once a year not just for our members and volunteers, but also for the less privileged and physically challenged. Young Volunteers are drafted into the organizing team to give them opportunity to gain experience.
11. White Christmas (WC)
White Christmas (WC) is a program organized yearly on every at the yuletide. Its objectives are:
12. SCHOOL PURSE
School Purse is a project born out of dealings with young people from troubled and unstable homes. We came up with this scheme to encourage and keep these young ones in school as they have the challenge of paying fees, acquiring Textbooks, writing materials and sometimes even school uniforms.
Since 2011 The School Purse project has been catering for some students Four (4)of which have gained admission into tertiary institutions in the 2012 academic session.
This project needs support.