Limitless Minds Chess Academy takes Chess to the Visually Impaired in Botswana Print
Monday, 19 February 2018 09:37

Keenese-Limitless Founder

Limitless Minds Chess Academy is a newly formed academy which subscribes to the International Sport Concept of Sport for All. The academy is based in Bokaa, Kgatleng District in Botswana and is affiliated to the Botswana Chess Federation becoming the 7th chess academy under the Botswana Chess Federation and it is also recognized by the World Chess Federation.

The academy contributes positively to the society by using chess as a tool for empowerment and social inclusion. The bigger aim for the academy is to help in making a positive impact in the society and in producing exceptional individuals beyond the chess board. The academy compliments the efforts of the Botswana Chess Federation in developing and advancing the game of chess.

The academy has introduced a “Chess for the Visually Impaired” Initiative in Botswana in partnership with the Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. This initiative is the first of its kind in Botswana and is in line with international sports policies for sports for all. The main objective is to promote the sport for all principle and social inclusion by taking the game of chess to people living with disability.

The beneficiaries of this initiative are the visually impaired kids based at Mochudi Resource Centre in Mochudi, Kgatleng District, Botswana. Chess is the only game where a visually impaired person can play at par with his sighted counterpart.

According to the Founder of Limitless Minds Chess Academy, Ms Keenese Katisenge, they introduced this program for the visually impaired because they believe it directly contributes to social inclusion, empowerment, improved academic performance, personality development and some more other benefits associated with the game of chess.

Braille Sets
Katisenge further stated that as their name Limitless Minds Chess Academy suggests, they are unlimited in their thinking and in their approach to doing things. She highlighted that they believe that everything is possible and in a unique but fulfilling way they would like to become the chess academy of choice.

“We would like to be the leading academy in Botswana and the whole of Africa when it comes to creativity, innovation and inclusion. Our aim is to be the first mover in space by adopting an open-minded and modern way of introducing the game of chess to more people in Botswana and Africa. Through our sport for all approach to sport development at the academy, we would like to introduce programs designed to meet the needs of different communities within our society thus complementing the efforts of our mother body, being the Botswana Chess Federation and also in a way those of the Botswana National Sports Commission and sport in general” stated Katisenge.

Lessons for the Chess for the Visually Impaired program started on 07 February 2018 with 60 visually impaired students between the ages of 6-18 taking part. The program has received P50,000 financial support from Botswana ‘s leading telecommunications company called Mascom Wireless Botswana and the funds are for a training seminar for the program, purchase of braille chess sets and a chess for the Visually Impaired Tournament which will be hosted towards end of the year.

Other programs for the academy include Chess For refugees, Chess in prisons, online chess platforms and other programs to be designed and announced by the academy for different segments.

Further, the academy will help add value through Empowerment workshops/ seminars, Chess training camps and hosting of International chess events of high standards.

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