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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chess for creativity and leadership - empowerment of Palestinian women

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Hello everyone,

Here is some great chess news.

'Chess for Leadership and Creativity' - (placed under the patronage of international chess Grandmaster and former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk - The Chess Queen) is now helping Arab women.

Melissa Levacic, a strong chess player, and daughter of president of Mediterranean Chess Association, Damir Levacic, is in Palestine for five weeks, to share her passion for the chess game with Palestinians kids, as a voluntary for the Association "Peace and Sport". The Peace and Sport peace-building programs aim at putting sport at the service of peace education and social inclusion for vulnerable youth. Melissa will be working with two NGOs based there - "Care Palestine" and "Jerusalem Suburb Communities".

Read Melissa's blog at this link.

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On November 10, 'CHESS FOR LEADERSHIP AND CREATIVITY', a structured program using chess to encourage Palestinian women’s empowerment and develop their leadership skills, was launched in five Youth Centres in East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qatanna and Hebron.

“CHESS FOR LEADERSHIP AND CREATIVITY” is a three-year pilot program dedicated to young Arab women living in challenging and sometimes dangerous environments with the objective of empowering them to create a better future and to develop activities for their neighbourhoods.

The intrinsic values of chess (such as perseverance, discipline, creativity, accepting defeat, continual quest for progress and focus) will facilitate these vulnerable young women’s personal development, improve their emotional stability and encourage their social integration.

The program, based on the structured and supervised practice of chess, will be offered in five Youth Centres:

  • Qatanna Youth Centre, Dhiesha Youth Centre (Refugee camp of Bethlehem) and Al-Mahawer Charitable society (Hebron) – all run by the NGO Care Palestine;
  • Dahiat El Sallam Youth Centre and Kfar Akeb Youth Centre – run by the NGO Jerusalem Suburbs Community Center located in East Jerusalem.
  • “Chess for Leadership and Creativity” is a project under the guidance and leadership of the Palestinian Chess Federation with support from the Monaco-based international organization Peace and Sport and the World Chess Federation (FIDE). It is designed as a pilot project, which will be duplicated and transformed into a national program at a later stage. 
  • As you know Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk is also a Peace and Sport Champion for Peace and a true ambassador for chess worldwide, who has always worked to ensure that her favourite sport serves peace, human development and social progress.
  • Peace and Sport and FIDE signed a partnership in 2010 to pioneer activities that use chess as a vehicle for youth development, social cohesion and pacific coexistence. The “Chess for Leadership and Creativity” program is the third achievement of this partnership, after similar programs in Colombia and Haiti. 
To support the program, please go to our webpage.

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  • At November 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    Very nice. I congratulate Melissa and Chess Queen for being involved in such projects. It is very nice for the girls and women. Very commendable project. My best wishes.

  • At November 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Terrence, London said...

    Chess brings new life chess invigorates - i hope it brings winds of change for these girls and women too. Success with the project.

  • At November 16, 2011 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Best wishes peace and love chess commendable project

  • At November 17, 2011 at 3:56 AM , Anonymous amrit puri, knights chess club,new delhi, india said...

    Laudable. We salute you for your contribution. Heal the world chess queen. God bless.

  • At November 17, 2011 at 4:54 AM , Anonymous Jiu Lin, Beijing said...

    We support you in your fantastic endeavours and efforts dear Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk. By supporting the peace and sport initiative and related projects - particularly those for kids and women - you have become a beacon light. Not many sportspersons understand their responsibilities and ability to contribute to society as a sportsperson. You are admired and loved.

  • At November 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    I had no clue such a project could exist. All the best to you Chess Queen and Ms Melissa. Very impressive work. Wishing you success.

  • At November 17, 2011 at 8:34 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    keep up the good work - kisses kisses kisses

  • At November 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Abdul Majid, Dubai said...

    Interesting and very nice project. Chess is one of the best ways to benefit the world. peace and sports.

  • At November 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    Fantastic initiative. Best wishes.

  • At November 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congratulations to the success of the project. At the outset I would like to thank Melissa levacic player to help us in the project and it came to Palestine to train girls in the game of chess. We in Palestine have to say Thanks for the wonderful effort made ​​during the period of the project and hope that they can remain on the length of time in helping us to develop chess in Palestine.
    We thank Alexandra Kosteniuk player on their contribution to the project, which came through the Peace Foundation and the sport and we hope to visit us in Palestine to add us what message it carries in this game and thank to the Palestinian Federation of chess for his support for this project and the care Center. We hope to see you again in Palestine Melissa levacic

  • At November 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anastasia said...

    Great work. Congratulations.

  • At November 18, 2011 at 12:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wishing you gals all the best with this wonderful project.

  • At November 19, 2011 at 4:38 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    Good effort I am happy to read about it


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