Presently Ugandan chess coach and math teacher, Robert Katende, is teaching in the Kagoma Gate School each week driving from Kampala to Kagoma Gate Village. Students learn all the basic fundamentals of mathematics and numeracy using the chess board and pieces to count, learn, directions, numbers, addition, multiplication and other areas of numeracy.
As a result of this approach for teaching math, the students also gain a sense of the game of chess. Skills of higher-level thinking, planning, strategy, analysis, spacial awareness and visualization are developed. Students gain confidence in their interpersonal relationships of sportsmanship and management.
It has been demonstrated that students’ use of English improves and emotional development is nurtured. The residual outcome of MiniChess is the ability to play the game of chess confidently. It is the plan to have all students in the Giving Circle Africa schools of Kagoma Gate and Busoga Junior School become involved in the program from ages 5-9.
Teachers will become trained as money becomes available to do so. Busoga Junior School presently has what we refer to as “the biggest chess board in Africa”. Funds donated to the chess fund will directly help train teachers, buy workbooks for students and supply teachers with the necessary tools for teaching.
A number of Universities in South Africa have validated the growth of the skills of students through studies of yearly progress in school readiness and spacial analysis, and numeracy.Teaching chess in our Uganda schools has been a fun way to teach logic, mathematics and problem-solving skills.
The students have enthusiastically adopted chess and become adept competitors. Your donation will help us continue this mission and change children’s lives forever!
Donate to the chess program.