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Thursday, October 12, 2006 – Twenty-three schools have been short-listed for participation in the Chess-in-Schools project, organized by the National Community Foundation, NCF. The Chess- in -School project was launched in November of 2005 involving nine secondary and primary schools in the pilot phase.

The Chess-in- School project is being used as a tool to help develop critical thinking skills, build self-esteem, engender discipline and empower children to succeed. Director of the NCF Jacintha Anius Lee, says research has shown that the playing of chess improves thinking skills as well as academic performance.

The NCF has organized a two-day seminar in order to ensure that the game is well established within the schools. The December 14-15 event will provide specialized training for 23 teachers and two students from
each participating school. “The workshop will be conducted by trainers from the Chess Federation of Trinidad and Tobago. The Foundation is also seeking a logo for the Chess -in- school project. We are inviting students to submit their entries to the NCF by the November 6th and the logo must be in colour
and should be submitted on A4 paper. Each entry must be detailed with the names of the student and his or her school,” Lee said.

The Chess -in- school winning logo will be announced at the opening of the December seminar.

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