The Chess in School Program is a joint project of Academic Fund of Shakhmardan Yessenov and Kazakhstan Chess Federation Republican Public Association.
The purpose of the program is to introduce the Chess subject into the educational process as a subject.
Nowadays, chess is treated not only as a sport, but also as an integral part of the educational system. Studies undertaken in those countries where chess is introduced as a school subject, show that students demonstrate high results in self-reliance, creative thinking, reflexes and comparative analysis. The inclusion of chess in the educational program will contribute to the modernization of public consciousness and the promotion of the values of the “Rouhani Zhagyru” program, since it contributes to the development of the intellect and competitiveness of the nation.
According to the concept of the project, chess is introduced at the level of primary education since it is in primary school the student’s personality is developed, stable training algorithms are created, and a basis for further successful schooling is established. At this time, radical changes of the child are observed: the development function of training is given a priority, which largely contributes to the development of the personality of younger schoolchildren and manifestation of their creative abilities to the fullest extent possible.
For the implementation of the project, Sh. Yessenov’s Fund developed the chess program for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th grades of general education schools. Based on this program, training package was developed for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in Kazakh and Russian languages, which includes a textbook and workbooks for students, teacher’s guidance manual.
Then, by agreement with the departments of education, 18 pilot schools were selected in the cities of Almaty, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Pavlodar region, where testing of the training package is carried out. At these schools, the Fund has equipped chess rooms, developed an additional training program and trained 25 chess teachers. Generally, the training involved primary school teachers, physical education teachers and Mathematics and Science teachers, who can play chess. Students of pilot schools were provided with textbooks and workbooks, and teachers with guidance manuals.
On September 1, 2017, the project was launched in the selected pilot schools. During 2017-2018 academic years, chess classes were held in 43 second grades, of which 24 grades had classes in the state language.
In 2018, 26 schools of Shymkent city joined the project. Currently, more than 2,000 children are studying the subject of “Chess” in 44 schools of Almaty, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Shymkent cities.