Alliance One Tobacco in collaboration with its sister firm Pyxus Agriculture Limited have elevated sponsorship of the Chess School Playing Club Project being carried out by the Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) in some rural based mostly major faculties within the central area to K6 million.
Chessam in collaboration with the 2 firms launched this venture final 12 months at a tune of K2.1 million as a pilot initiative within the two major faculties of Chiundira and Chunzu in Dowa with an goal of creating the game at grassroots stage within the nation’s rural areas.
Speaking in the course of the monetary sponsorship’s signing ceremony in Lilongwe on Thursday, Alliance One Malawi Limited new Managing Director Simon Peverelle mentioned his firm in collaboration with Pyxus Agriculture determined to extend sponsorship of the venture to K6 million as a result of chess also can assist children to do higher in school by means of improved focus and determination making.
“We decided to support Chessam because our aim is to reduce the probability of children being involved in child labour especially in tobacco production after school hours. We therefore believe that playing chess after their classes will not only improve their skills of the game, but also improve their problem solving prowess, critical thinking as well as decision making in their daily life,” mentioned Peverelle.
According to Peverelle, administration of the 2 firms are glad that the venture has been prolonged to different 4 extra major faculties in Lilongwe and Kasungu, a improvement which can improve the game throughout the nation and significantly in rural areas the place only a few have its technical potential.
“Chess is one indoor sport which helps kids to think fast and in the process master problem solving techniques which I believe would also help kids from the six selected primary schools to perform better academically,” Peverelle mentioned.
He nonetheless urged each Chessam and the pupils to maintain the taking part in supplies in order that fellow pupils who will likely be becoming a member of the golf equipment also needs to profit from the identical supplies and be capable to be taught the game.
In her remarks, Chessam President Susan Namangale counseled each Alliance One and Pyxus Agriculture for rising the sponsorship of the venture from K2 million to K6 million, a improvement she mentioned would enable her affiliation to coach extra pupils concerning the sport within the nation’s rural based mostly major faculties the place chess is hardly performed.
According to Namangale, her affiliation determined to hunt sponsorship from the 2 firms in order that it may be in a position to determine uncooked expertise within the rural areas that may be nurtured and compete at worldwide stage. She cited Jenipher Justine from Chunzu major faculty in Dowa as one of many uncooked expertise which her affiliation has managed to determine and nurture by means of this venture.
“According to Namangale, Jenipher will likely be among the many group that can symbolize Malawi at Africa’s faculties chess event in Lusaka, Zambia subsequent month.
“Taking the game of chess to rural areas has been our number one priority, however, we have been unable to do so due to lack of adequate financial support. We are so keen to identify raw talent which we can nurture and be able to compete at international level in as far as this sport is concerned,” mentioned Namangale.
She subsequently counseled the 2 firms for channelling their monetary assist to Chessam, a improvement she mentioned has enabled her affiliation to ascertain new chess taking part in golf equipment at Mthawira, Kambuyana, Manondo and Chiputu major faculties based mostly in Dowa, Kasungu and Lilongwe rural.
She added that the elevated sponsorship from the 2 firms will go a good distance in serving to her affiliation obtain its objectives of creating the game within the nation.