above: learners at Ummangaliso Primary School playing chess for the first time with new sets donated by the Film Industry Fund
Julia Green is one of four student teachers at Ummangaliso Primary School in Site B Khayelitsha, and essentially they wanted to leave something at the school that would be longer lasting than a donation, which was how the idea for an extra curricular chess club started.
The club had it’s first meeting at the beginning of August 2015, with 46 children arriving to learn to play chess. Their second meeting occurred a week later, where 49 children arrived, and they all played chess for 2 hours.They plan to have meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.
There are two permanent teachers who have offered to take over the project once Julia and the other student teachers’ teaching practical comes to an end.”We are also looking at getting UCT Chess Club to sponsor some chess coaches for those children who show real promise.” says Julia.
The Film Industry Fund happened to hear a call for assistance which Julia made on Cape Talk radio as although they now had a chess club, they did not have enough chess sets for all the kids. The Film Industry Fund agreed to sponsor 25 new tournament chess sets and boards which means that at least 50 kids can play chess simultaniously. It is likeminded people such as Julia whom we love to support as they go the extra mile to make a difference in their community or workplace.
The contribution which amounted to R3300,00 was made out of the communal fund of the project.
Students waiting for the chess club to start Teachers playing chess and giving the students valuable tips.