Oct. 2, 2013
Social Action Commission (SAC) Report
The Social Action Commission (SAC) held a meeting at the 84th FIDE Congress General Assembly in Tallin, Estonia on the 2nd October 2013.
- WELCOME REMARKS FROM CHAIRPERSON
- INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS
- MATTERS ARISING & REACTIONS
- WAY FORWARD
- WIM BEATRIZ MARINELLO (USA), Chairperson
- MR ROBERT KATENDE (UGA), Secretary
- GM THOMAS LUTHER (GER)
- MARGARET MURPHY (USVI)
- ADAM RWONKOODI (POL)
- ERIC HERNANDEZ (ESA)
- TONNY RICH (USA)
- ELGENDY HESHAM (EGT)
- TSHENOLO MARWATONA (BOT)
- RUSSELL SMITH (TTO)
- KISUZE STEPHEN (UGA)
- JERRY NASH (USA)
- ANDREI KOZOBEIHIN (EST)
The meeting started at 9:04 am and the chairperson welcomed members to the meeting.
INTRODUCTION OF MEMBERS
The Chairperson introduced the commission members. Thereafter, she requested everyone to introduce themselves.
The Chairperson read the report of the commission meeting that took place in New York on the 26th – 29th 2013 to structure the commission.
The Social Action Commission “SAC”, is dedicated to using chess as a tool for social improvement. The objectives and the mission aim to insert chess into society, which will ultimately make chess more popular across the globe.
SAC is to advocate for the use of Chess as a tool for social change through action as;
- As an equalizer for gender, social & Economic development.
- For life skills, ethics and good character development.
- To reach out to Children at Risk including those in refugee camps and impoverished communities.
- To prevent diseases connected to memory loss and aging
The website is currently designed in English and it is being translated in both Spanish and Russian. It shall eventually be translated in Arabic.
The Website was visited and navigated through on the projector; the chairperson explained the objectives and the mission of the Social Action Commission including the biography of the commission members.
Visit the website at sac.fide.com.
Impact of Social Action Chess
A video, showing how social chess has impacted lives of Street and Slum Children in Uganda, Africa was shown in the meeting. It was about a young girl (Phiona Mutesi) in Uganda.
This young girl comes from the Social chess program that was started and is run by the FIDE Social Action Commission Secretary; Robert Katende.
A book titled “The Queen of Katwe” has been written and is based on Phiona’s inspirational story; the books rights, have been bought by Disney to make a non-fiction movie! This is a great example of how chess acted as an equalizer to bring this social change in not only her life but, her entire family.
The SAC commission is determined to launch research on how Chess helps prevent Dementia and memory loss in older people. This is a big project and the professors have already been contacted who are to help in carrying out the research and get scientific proof on this issue. The research shall require at least $500,000 and the Commission is determined to solicit funds for this noble cause.
The Commission is determined to bridge the gap between female and male Chess players by helping support the piloting of the ‘Smart Girl’ programs. The programs, created by Beatriz Marinello, have already been initiated in Uganda (although still on a small scale) and three others are to roll out in Kuwait, Chile and the Bahamas.
MATTERS ARISING & REACTIONS
The members commended the formations of the Social Action Commission; because little if any work has been done in the Social Chess aspect and the work is enormous. All the objectives are noble and that SAC should be working in liaison with the Social Projects Commission.
The commission Secretary was greatly acclaimed for the chess in his Country (Uganda) because it is something he does on a full-time basis and has gained much experience in the area of using chess for social impact both on the individual players and their communities. Now, with the support of the “Smart Girl Project” which will receive support from the Social Action Commission for it’s pilot programs, more help is on the way!
Several members expressed interest to support the SAC commission. Eric volunteered to spear-head the project for the elderly people in his country; El Salvador.
SAC commission is to work on the reports and also prepare newsletters that shall be translated in at least three languages for now and also be posted on the website. This shall create more awareness besides updating other members.
Members were requested to submit reports concerning social chess impact and any other information that can help create awareness to help people around the globe realize the potential Chess has for social aspects.
The next Commission meeting is to be in New York, USA in the month of June 2014 and members were encouraged to attend that meeting when called upon.
There being no other matters, the meeting was adjourned at 12:45 pm
WIM Beatriz Marinello, Chairperson
Mr. Robert Katende, Secretary