Chess unites people from both banks of the Nistru River

16 Aug 2013

imageToday, teachers who attended the first qualification training courses in the field of chess held public chess classes. Foto: UNDP Moldova

For the first time in Moldova, 20 schools from both banks of Nistru will have qualified teachers, teaching materials and the items required to study chess, starting with this autumn,. This has become possible due to a project implemented with the assistance of the EU-UNDP Program “Support to Confidence Building Measures”. Today, teachers who attended the first qualification training courses in the field of chess held public chess classes that everybody could attend in the center of Chişinău.

The “Chess Unites” project implemented by the National Chess Academy aims to create the necessary conditions to develop this sport in Moldova and improve the collaboration between pupils practicing chess and trainers from both banks of the Nistru River. To this end, the first educational curriculum for chess in Moldova has been developed, as well as the first program of qualified training for teachers and a methodological guide. 20 chess trainers from both banks of Nistru have already completed the qualification training and will be able, starting with autumn, to teach this subject to 600 children in the schools participating in the project.

“Because of the lack of a national program of qualification training for chess teachers, Moldova has only 10% of the necessary number of teachers specialized in this field. This training has provided the trainers from both banks with the necessary knowledge and with the possibility to exchange experience and contribute together and to improve the quality of Moldovan chess and promote this intelligent sport”, international chess Grand Master Viorel Iordăchescu, president of the National Chess Academy said.
In the following months, a chess tournament and a chess festival for youth and children from both banks of Nistru will be held under the aegis of the EU-UNDP Program “Support to Confidence Building Measures”.

“We are happy to see these talented chess players from the two banks of the Nistru gathered here today for this symbolic chess tournament.  Chess not only educates and develops critical thinking as experts say. It also inspires and unites people, as we could witness today. We want this project, along with other initiatives funded by the European Union through the Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, to help people from the two banks of the Nistru river work together and multiply their relationships of friendship and trust” said Ekaterina Dorodnova, Political Officer of the EU Delegation in Chisinau.

The EU-UNDP Program “Support to Confidence Building Measures” intends to increase the level of confidence between people on both banks of Nistru so that they work and improve together their living standards. To this effect, the European Union and the UNDP provide financial and technical assistance to their joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society development, renovation of the social infrastructure, healthcare and environment protection.

The program is implemented in 2012-2015 and the overall budget is EUR 10,600,000, provided by the European Union (EUR 9,500,000) and UNDP (EUR 1,100,000).

Contact Information

Natalia Costaş, communication consultant of the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Program, Tel: (+ 373) 69221141, E-mail: natalia.costas@undp.org 

Victor Draguţan, Project Manager, Business Development and Civil Society, “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme, Tel: (+ 22 373) 839 872, e-mail: victor.dragutan@undp.org