Extensive research confirms the wide-ranging and lifelong benefits of playing chess which include improved creative, strategic and critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills; interest in collaborating and team-work; patience and perseverance; improved judgment and intuition; and enhanced performance in math, sciences, reading and the arts. The universality of the chess and these benefits, makes the game an important learning tool for students at all ages, educational levels (e.g. K-12, vocational, colleges/university) and from different social backgrounds. Click here to learn more about the benefits of chess.
The purpose of this competition is to revive and promote the arts in education, especially K-12. Students who have an artistic flair, interest in spoken word poetry, reciting/writing poem, painting etc., can put their creativity and imagination to use. Language and literature will expand horizons, bridge the social and geographic divide and inform students about important artistic individuals in African and world history at-large. Arts can be used to bridge the gap between lost indigenous culture and the impending global culture that students will grapple with in coming decades.
The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to develop natural interest in learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each participating school in the Olympics will be represented by a team consisting of 4 students in 9 – 12 grade. Teams will be asked questions in math and sciences, and will be required to answer within a given time limit. This competition will foster collaborative problem-solving during which the students will demonstrate basic STEM knowledge.