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Sasol Chess Festival
Sasol sponsors chess championship in Secunda
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:51
Sasol is the main sponsor of this years chess championship for children that is being organised by Supreme Chess Trust's Moves for Life programme,the chess tournament will see the participation of schools from Secunda and Mbalenhle in the chess festival.
It is the First Moves for life in South Africa at which an entire community and its schools will take part, about 400 leaners from 13 school will participate.
Sasols public private partnership for community support in the Mpumalanga province, the Ikusasa initiative has invested R6.9 million in the sponsorship over the next three years, with the aim of improving the performance of learners in Mathematics, Science and Technology subjects.
The Moves for Life initiative aims to improve young people in mathematics and life skills development through chess.
The strategy behind using chess as a tool to improve school childrens maths, science and techonogy comes from the fact that chess is a sport that contributes to developing skills that allow these leaners to improve their thinking, analysing abilities, develop logical thinking, improve concentration, visualisation skills, decision making skills, planning skills and their memory.
The game of chess allows all children from any background to play whether a child has been trained or not or whether they are smart or not. Chess is fun, children love playing the game and it seems to appeal to the young and so they are able to gain knowledge while playing.
In 2011, Moves for Life, initiated their chess based educational programme in the remote, but beautiful village of Nkandla, KZN. Today more than 800 children in this area are benefiting from what the game of chess can do.
Moves for life, a South African initiative, has always been able to improve the skills of young children in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
It has already been implemented in more than 70 schools nationwide, it is an important programme for the country because its aim is to improve the level of education in schools by creating and developing young people's mind. There is a need to increase the maths, science and literacy capabilities of children all over the country and Moves for Life has contributed in doing just that.
Moves for Life programme is divided into three key elements that were developed by founder Marissa van der Merwe, namely MiniChess (GradeR to Grade 3), MasterMoves (nine years and older), and teacher training.
The tournament will take place over a three day period, firstly the learners will participate in two full day training sessions and then on Saturday three tournaments will take place and the prizes will be awarded to the winners.
The programme offers education through chess-related games at foundation-phase level to assist leaners to develop thinking and life skills as well as to understand mathematical and scientific concepts.
Initially Sasol had only collaborated in the championship with with companies like BHP Billiton and Tsogo Sun to enable Moves for Life to extend itself nationwide. Now Sasol are the main sponsors of the festival which will see learners from Secunda and Mbalenhle come together and take part.
The festival will take place in Graceland Hotel in Secunda from the 16-18 January 2014.