Student teachers rally to get 5th graders hooked on chess at Khayelitsha school

A group of almost 50 Grade 5 learners at Ummangaliso Primary School in Khayelitsha’s Site B have been introduced to the skillful game of chess.

This is thanks to the efforts of four student teachers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), who are doing their Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies spoke with Julia Green, one of the student teachers at the school.

Green says that, just two weeks into the club, the pupils have shown a serious interest in the game.

There are so many benefits to chess, it connects people. We have seen the power it has in our club. We are hoping to keep building this interest.

Julia Green, student teacher at Ummangaliso Primary School

According to Green, the overwhelming keenness of the pupils has led them to ask for chess sets to be donated, as the activity may even be extended to other grades in the future.

She says they hope to receive at least 30 donated sets, and have already been promised a number of the after posting a request online.

The kids are amazing, it's been so wonderful to get to know them, a really moving experience. I was trying to think of how we could entertain them when they finish their work early; and we then decided to offer it as an extra-curricular activity.

Julia Green, student teacher at Ummangaliso Primary School

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