Every chess move makes a difference in a Diepsloot child’s life

Children of Diepsloot enjoy International Chess Day with their peers.


The International Day of Chess was celebrated with fun chess games and lessons by Montecasino’s Tsogo Sun Moves for Life programme at five Diepsloot Primary Schools, from 25 July to 28 July. The International Day of Chess, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation since 1966, traditionally falls on 20 July, and was celebrated by the Diepsloot pupils on their return from school holidays.

The aim of the activities for the three foundation grades was to focus on chess as an inclusive and entertaining sport that can be applied in many different aspects of learning.

Nationally, Tsogo Sun Moves for Life operates in 50 schools around the country, with 19 549 participating schoolchildren, 543 educators, and 17 tutors from the local communities. The programmes are sponsored by seven of Tsogo Sun casinos. Montecasino has been sponsoring the chess programme in Diepsloot for four years in five primary schools, accommodating 3 797children.

Diepsloot Schools, children and teachers enjoy International Chess Day with Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Programme.

The participating primary schools are Reshomile, Diepsloot Primary Number 4, Muzomuhle, Paradise Bend and Musenga Vhadzimu.

The chess fun and games took place during the normal chess lessons and included ‘chess charades’ for Grade 1; ‘the chess piece is me’ for Grade 2, where the kids used recycled media to design themselves as chess pieces, wrote about why they chose the piece, and shared their choices with their classmates; and a ‘tic tac chess tournament’ for Grade 3, a chess version of noughts and crosses, where winners played winners until the last child standing became the grade winner.

Shanda Paine, Tsogo Sun’s group corporate social investment (CSI) manager said, “The International Day of Chess activities over the four days were a huge hit with the children, who participated wholeheartedly, while gaining skills in chess, maths, communication, expression, reasoning, planning, creativity, self-confidence and more, as well as creating greater awareness of the significant benefits that chess can offer every child within the schools and among parents.”

Mike Page, operations director and complex general manager of Montecasino said, “Montecasino is very privileged to be in a position to take this value-adding chess programme to these children in Diepsloot. The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life chess programme intentionally links chess principles to life skills, mathematics, science and language, and impacting the improvement of the educational performance of as many children as possible.”

Details: www.montecasino.co.za; www.facebook.com/montecasino; @MontecasinoZA

Marnelle Greyling

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