The Supreme Chess Trust (IT 3705/09) trading as Moves for Life (MFL) is an initiative that uses chess as an educational tool, through its positive values and outcomes to address the personal development of people.

 

MFL is passionate about education and we believe that education is critical to any kind of development.

 

Our programme typically improves maths, science, problem-solving, language skills and human development, as per the International STEAM principles, to address 21st Century requirements.

 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

 

The aim of the Moves for Life programme is to enable and develop individuals to become exemplary citizens, to be equipped for the challenges of the work place, add value and contribute towards the good of their communities in general.

 

MFL has three different initiatives impacting people of any age and background:

 

1.       MFL Learning Centres

 

This programme is aimed at impacting the entire school sector through the following:

 

Gr. RR – 3             Early Childhood Development (ECD)

 

Implementation of chess as an educational intervention to improve especially maths, science, problem-solving and language development in children, as per the International STEAM principles to address 21st Century skills.

 

Gr. 4 – 7               Preparation for employability & development of chess as a sport

 

Structured chess education, where chess principles are intentionally incorporated to develop life skills essential to future employability.

 

Gr.8 – 12              Chess & business development skills

 

The game of chess teaches business and life skills crucial to early business development and entrepreneurship, including reasoning, visualization and problem solving.

 

We have since partnered with academic institutions that continually conduct a research in terms of how this educational tool impacts on the improvement of the learners’ academic performance. The evidence is becoming so visible that learners who are participating in our MasterMoves Kids program show improvement in their mathematical as well as self-confidence, better communication and risk-taking (positive written feedback from schools currently participating in the program).

 

"The educational systems should rely on three solid foundations: enhancing values, life skills, and formal educational curriculum. Each of these bases completes the other, none of them can stand on its own. There is no use of having smart students who don't show respect and compassion, or know how to live by values in life.”

― Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi

 

 

2.       Holiday School Programmes

 

Running between 2 – 5 days, children are equipped with essential life skills along with academic competencies, especially with the focus on remedial learners.

 

This initiative also impacts the community as part of its sustainability.

 

It includes the following, amongst others:

 

  • A structured morning programme with interactive games and activities through chess, with academic and life skills components (conducted by a team of MFL volunteers)
  • The establishment of a chess club following the holiday programme
  • Ongoing support of the chess club by the MFL Head Office

 

3.       Adult Training Projects

 

A Training and recreational project for Adults (both in the school and corporate sectors), equipping them with life skills for the challenges in the work place.

 

Adult/Employee Training

 

Conducted by a Life Coach and Change Activator, the training session addresses the following aspects (amongst others):

 

  • Playing the game of Chess
  • Personal skills development
  • How to apply chess principals and strategies in one’s personal life and the work place

 

"Skills give you options, it opens doors of possibilities.”

― January Donovan

 

4.        Educator Training

 

Facilitated by a Moves for Life trainer, the SACE accredited training session addresses the following aspects (amongst others):

 

  • Training in the Moves for Life programme
  • Hands-on practical advice
  • Techniques and methods to be used in the classroom
  • Teaching tools

 

The following is included for each educator:

 

  • An award certificate for 10 CPTD points
  • SACE accredited teaching materials and tools
  • Staunton chess set (standard chessboard and pieces)

 

"True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis