Limitless Minds Chess Academy has completed the 6 months Majwe Mining inclusive Youth Development Programme worth P25 000 in the Mabutsane area.
Following the launch of the academy’s Program Through Chess in partnership with Majwe Mining in January 2021, the programme was rolled out in trainings and donations. The last phase of the project was concluded over the weekend,19th June 2021 in Mabutsane.
Describing the purpose of the programme, Limitless Minds Chess academy founder Keenese Katisenge-Tizhani said the pilot project is aimed at contributing to social inclusion, development and empowerment through chess for children at the Rural Area Dwellers hostels in Mabutsane.
“The southern district was chosen as a way of contributing to social inclusion of disadvantaged children and youth in the area by Majwe Mining Joint Venture,” she explained.
Other than striving for social advocacy she said, the project intended to leave a legacy of chess in the area. This included four weekends training and development and donation of chess equipment and book materials for all the participants.
To ensure that the programme caters for gender equality, the event ensured gender balance of 10 boys and 10 girls. 20 children participated from the ages of 10 to 14.
The project concluded with level one and level two assessment examination. Majwe Mining and the Academy handed over tablets and additional chess sets.
According to Katisenge-Tizhani, the tablets have been loaded with chess material to allow continued training, including self-training and play by the children and their primary school.
“Chess was an important introduction to Mabutsane as it is proven to develop and improve memory and concentration. It boosts self-esteem, builds team spirit and gives a sense of inclusion,” she explained.
“Furthermore, as a game of strategy, a chess mind develops the capacity to predict consequences on the board and in life scenarios, thus becoming an important element in development and empowerment of children to become responsible in their youth and adult life,” Katisenge-Tizhani shared.