PwC Chess4Change, is a major component of PwC Nigeria’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy. It is a developmental programme designed to improve strategic and critical thinking skills amongst secondary school students in Lagos State using the game of chess.
It is designed to bring chess into schools and use it build the capacity of students and improve their academic performance as they prepare for the future. The Initiative is supported by the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Eductaion and the Lagos Sports Commission, as well as the Lagos State Chess Association.
It commenced in 2014 with just six schools in the pilot season and currently covers about eighteen schools.
This is establishment of Chess clubs and tutors, who are assigned to teach students the rudiments of the game and thereafter coach them to excel in the game.
PwC staff become mentors who hold regular sessions with the students. The mentoring sessions include discussions on Solving Academic Challenges, Career Paths, Effective Self and Time Management, Planning, Setting and Achieving Goals, Etiquette, etc. Mentors also play chess with the students.
Students engage in intra-school mini challenges as they gauge their chess playing skills and prepare for the inter-schools competition.
Each chess season ends with a 3-day Grand Slam where schools compete against one another to determine the season’s winners.
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