Introducing chess to children for fun, and growth
“Chess is very important as it instills and develops critical math skills, reading comprehension analysis, respect for social rules and interpersonal relationships, as well as many cognitive skills that will help children for life”
This month Nasser Mejia Moreno, a local teacher, artist, and chess enthusiast began a new program of chess instruction at Empowerment International. Each Saturday morning from 9 to 11, the students will be learning to appreciate the skills and values that makes chess more than just a game. According to Nasser, “chess is very important as it instills and develops critical math skills, reading comprehension analysis, respect for social rules and interpersonal relationships, as well as many cognitive skills that will help children for life”.
Nasser began playing chess at 16, taught by his father. “Art and chess are part of my life” he affirms. He’s participated in tournaments at departmental and national levels, twice winning the National Tournament of the National Union (National Magisterial Games). Another of his passions since youth, is fine art, which amplified in secondary school with access to more books, where he studied the techniques of painting, and drawing. In pursuit of advancing his skills as an artist painter, Nasser attended specialized classes at the local art school/exhibition centre, Casa Tres Mundos in Granada, and later as a student in the Granada studio of Amy Bushnell, where his talents continued to mature. Today, he shares his time between teaching, and creating art. His works are available locally, and sold on the internet to international collectors. Recent participation in a juried exhibition organised by the Embassy of the United States of America, in Managua this year, saw Nasser among the winners selected as best in the exhibition. We’re delighted he will be volunteering here in Empowerment International bringing the world of chess to another generation.
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