World Chess body donates equipment to BCF
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has donated 200 chess sets and 50 chess clocks to the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) despite the fact that their request to introduce chess in the school curriculum has not been approved yet.
Three months ago, FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumshinov paid a visit to Botswana in order to formally request the Ministry of Basic Education to accept chess as a subject in schools. The ministry was excited to hear that the programme can contribute positively to the academic results of students.
BCF spokesperson, Kutlwano Tatolo said since the meeting between the FIDE president IIyumzhinov, and the Minister of Basic Education Unity Dow some progress has been made towards the chess-in-schools initiative.
She said FIDE donated chess sets and clocks and they were distributed to 30 schools around the country.
“Chess being introduced in schools as a subject of study has not been approved. However, we have been given a go ahead to do chess as an after school programme,” Tatolo said.
She said they believe that that more support from the government and FIDE will also follow in future until they reach the success rate that Russia has accomplished after most of the schools adopted chess in their school programme.