In an effort to provide sport for all, the newly launched Limitless Minds Chess Academy has introduced chess for visually impaired programme. With this initiative the academy founder Keenese Katisenge said they want to bring inclusiveness into the game of chess by bringing in the disadvantaged through introduction of chess programmes for marginalised groups. This weekend Limitless Minds Chess Academy is conducting a training of trainers’ seminar for virtually impaired. The seminar, which is sponsored by Mascom, is held in partnership with Botswana Association and Partially Impaired and Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind. Mascom has injected P50 000 into the Chess for the visually Impaired Programme. The money will go towards braille chess sets, training seminar, a volunteers’ programme and a tournament. Katisenge said this initiative is key, as an overlay for the smooth roll out of the inclusion programme. “Limitless Minds Chess Academy places more emphasis on training and this initiative is part of our drive to empower more coaches and players. We have adopted a unique and more inclusive approach at the academy by identifying former visually impaired chess players and making them part of this seminar to give them the same platform given to other coaches around the country,” she said.
The identified visually impaired players will after the seminar be used together with other identified coaches to train and develop the kids at Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind. The main aim of the seminar is to equip and introduce the trainers to modern chess coaching methods of chess for the visually impaired as well as demonstrate and teach coaches how a braille chess set is used.
Speaking at the launch of Limitless Minds Chess Academy Mascom representative Barbara Gotlop said this initiative is a step in the right direction. Gotlop said one of Mascom’s main areas is to make sure that they do their part to help support vulnerable groups. “I’m aware that no one model of support will work in all contexts, but the overarching principle promoted by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities is that services should be provided in the community, not in segregated settings,” she said. Gotlop said Mascom is excited about this project because the donation will open up understanding and dialogue between students with these very differing disabilities and will enhance social inclusion.