The project “Education through Chess in School” is organized and guided by Polish Chess Federation in cooperation with the provincial chess unions and local authorities. It is addressed to primary schools for pupils from classes I-III. Key partners for Polish Chess Federation include Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Sport & Tourism.
The idea to introduce chess in schools as an effective form of supporting education was founded in Polish chess environment many years ago. The direct stimulus for the start of implementation came from the European Parliament in 2012 when declaration calling on all member states of the European Union to introduce education of chess in educational settings was signed.
The project grew out of the need to increase primary mathematical skills. Playing chess improves logical and analytical thinking, problem solving skills, development of spatial orientation, concentration and many others. Through chess we try to support intellectual, social and emotional development of children.
Due to the expected positive impact on children’s education process, as well as providing teachers innovative and efficient tools for daily work with students project gained acceptance by the Minister of National Education.
One of the things that will promote the Chess in School project to the wider auditorium and introduce its potential is a Chess Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on 20th May 2016, at the Sport and Recreation Center.
The Conference will include lectures on many interesting topics, with guests from Hungary and Germany, guests from Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, as well as the representative teachers working in primary and hospital schools.
Deputy President of City of Warsaw, Mr. Wlodzimierz Paszynski, and Director of Chess in School Commission within Polish Chess Federation, Mr. Krzysztof Gora will open the Conference, while Mr. Tomasz Delega, President of Polish Chess Federation, along with Mrs. Ewa Przezdziecka, the author of the book „Chess scenarios for the teachers” will talk about the chess in Poland.
The organizers expect big audience – teachers from the project, chess instructors, trainers and many people engaged to the project.
The full programme of the Conference can be found here (PDF)
Chief of Training at Polish Chess Federation