Update on Chess project in Cali, Colombia Print
Thursday, 07 October 2010 13:01
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The "Ajedrez por la Paz"project in Puerto Tejada in Colombia is moving forward. This is a joint venture between Peace and Sport, the Colombian Chess Federation and FIDE, benefiting vulnerable youth from disadvantaged areas.

Classes are regularly given in 4 centres and about 100 kids are involved. A few months ago, most of these kids didn't know anything about chess. Maria Antonia, coordinator for Colombianitos in Puerto Tejada related the story of a group of youngsters who used to scream, shout and fight and who have become a lot calmer thanks to Chess. Looks like the chess instructors are doing a great job.

Requests are being received from many centres to develop this "Ajedrez por la paz" concept, even in guerilla stricken zones.

FIDE is contemplating organizing a similar venture in Palestine.

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