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Friday, April 15, 2011

Chess to be separate subject at elementary school level in Armenia

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Hi everyone,

Some more great chess news - it's all about the great gift of this beautiful game of ours to all the kids in Armenia. 

Citing the need to help children develop their intellectual capacity, the Armenian government on Thursday decided that chess should to be taught as a separate subject at elementary school level across the country. For the purpose, a total of about 177 million drams (about $470,000) has been allocated to the Chess Academy to organise the teaching of chess at elementary school level, as well as print corresponding textbooks and manuals, purchase chess equipment and train skilled personnel for chess teaching jobs. 

Another 386,100 drams (a little more than $1,000) is allocated to the Ministry of Education and Science for the purchase of chess tables and chairs.

“Already this year Armenia will join the countries where chess is taught in schools,” Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan said at the government meeting, stressing that introducing chess in elementary school curricula is a key step in the series of changes aimed at raising the quality of education in Armenia.

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