MMK Funds Chess Education Project

4 December 2017 (09:14)

UrBC, Magnitogorsk, December 4, 2017. Children are learning to play chess at Magnitogorsk schools and kindergartens thanks to support from Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK), the company PR, Information & Advertising Department reports.

‘An agreement between MMK and the town council resulted in a three-year plan to include local schools and kindergartens in this education project. Forty-five kindergartens and twenty schools are already participating in the program,’ says Head of Magnitogorsk Education Department Natalya Safonova.

MMK helped the schools buy chess boards and pieces as well as visual aids; the teachers’ pay is covered by Chelyabinsk Oblast’s budget funds. This is part of the general education program for kindergartens and an extracurricular activity at schools.

Igor Sukhin, the person behind the chess-teaching methodology, the author of Chess for Children, a set of textbook materials for teaching chess to primary schoolers, and senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Education’s Education Development Strategy Institute, visited Magnitogorsk recently to train sixty-five locals teachers. The program is supported by Russia’s Education & Science Minister Olga Vassilyeva, who believes every school should have at least five free extracurricular clubs, including a chess one.

A psychometric/pedagogical test is expected to show how well the children are doing. The first competitions have been scheduled for the spring.

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