Welcome to LearningChess Free for Schools Program info page for the 2020/21 school year.
More than 70.000 children studied worldwide with LearningChess for free in our different scholastic programs in the last years.
We understand that our program is becoming increasingly important during the coronavirus pandemic. We gladly inform you that LearningChess owners extend the ongoing charity program to the 2020/21 school year for underprivileged schools.
This year’s motto: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa
Is it really free? Why?
Yes, our program is free for underprivileged schools.
Our mission is to popularize chess – both as a game and personal development tool – all over the world. Currently, we manage the support of this program from our resources. However, the need during the coronavirus pandemic was so high that we had to introduce a limit in the 2020/21 schools year. To accept applications from more schools, we limited the number of demandable student licenses in 25 per coach/teacher. We are also looking for generous sponsors to increase this limit.
Which schools are eligible for the program?
Underprivileged schools or schools with disadvantaged students are eligible for our Free for Schools Program from any country. If you have a special but different program, you can also apply.
Our charity committee approves each registration, but schools taking part in government based underprivileged programs can join without further approval from the committee. (For example, Title I or reservation schools from the US, and L’éducation prioritaire schools in France.)
Important: the chess activity we support has to be free of charge for kids.
What can my school get for free in the program?
Your school gets a complete online chess education system with:
- Learning Management System
- Electronic demonstration board function
- Student licenses (max 25 per teacher) with full access, which contains:
- Complete chess curriculum with 108 lessons from beginner to advanced levels
- Tactics Trainer with thousands of puzzles
- 50 Grandmaster lessons
- Online playing possibility against the computer
By using our industry-leading Learning Management System, teachers can add and manage their students and follow their learning progress in real-time. Teachers also get full access to the curriculum to learn chess or prepare for the lesson from the courses.
How can schools join the program?
Teachers from the above schools can join by contacting us with the following info:
- your name
- your email (please also Sign Up for free with it to LearningChess)
- your title in the school
- school name
- school website
- entitlement for the program (e.g., Title I)
- number of students will take part in the program
- short description of your activity
- declaration that your program is free for kids
Our charity committee analyzes all applications, and we send you our answer within a week.
Please, apply to our program only when your students will actively use LearningChess.
Is there any other valuable info?
Yes. We realized, based on our earlier programs, that teachers and students did not prepare a minimum learning plan, they did not successfully utilize LearningChess. That is why we help you with a 3-month starting (minimum) curriculum this year. This curriculum contains milestones that are easy to reach for the students. However, the condition for remaining in the Free for Schools program in the 2020/21 school year is that a given percentage of students need to achieve these milestones regularly.
Please note, that we control your student’s progress monthly and terminate the access in case of inactivity.
You can download the LearningChess starter curriculum here.
You can also download a useful book from FIDE about chess in schools here.
More and more schools take part in our Free for Schools Program each year. If you read this article and know about schools that can probably join our program, please inform them about this unique opportunity.