The rationales behind conducting of such an online chess coaching for children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, are to motivate and impart positive coping skills to the children, whose mental and emotional wellbeing have been largely distressed by the COVID related traumatic environment that literally pushed them into a disrupted lifestyle risking various devastating drawbacks.
The Wide Angle Social Development Organisation, Sagolband Moirang Hanuba Leirak and CRY Child Rights & You have launched a Free Chess Coaching programme on Thursday especially for the underprivileged children of Imphal West and Kangpokpi district of the state. Former Chairperson, Manipur Commission of Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) S Saratkumar Sharma flagged off the program as the Chief Guest of the function.
Wide Angle secretary Montu Ahanthem in his keynote address highlighted that the specially designed online coaching is initiated in collaboration with the renowned India’s grandmaster Dibyendu Barua for the first time in the region, aiming to train 25 children in two subsequent batches. The coach, Tamal Chakrabarty will mentor the participating children during the coaching, a release said.
The rationales behind conducting of such an online chess coaching for children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, are to motivate and impart positive coping skills to the children, whose mental and emotional wellbeing have been largely distressed by the COVID related traumatic environment that literally pushed them into a disrupted lifestyle risking various devastating drawbacks, it added.
It further said that engaging the children in such a mindful game will definitely enhance their mental capacity to remain “Focussed”, prevent them from brooding over “Negative thoughts” unnecessarily. It will also be helpful in protecting them from inclining towards unhealthy outlets such as smartphone addiction, substance abuse, becoming the victims of cybercrime, child trafficking or falling into other harmful ways.
CRY Eastern Region regional director Trina Chakrabarti highlighted that all the children participating will be inspired on how to adopt the vital mental skills of chess; such as ability to remain focussed, sustaining a set of strong organised imaginations, skills to foresee multi-dimensional possibilities and consequences and to use such teachings techniques as the functional life skills so that they could achieve their set goals of life and become successful persons in future.
The launching function was attended by MCPCR former member Keisham Pradipkumar; DCPU Imphal West, district child protection officer, Yurembam Indramani; CWC, Imphal West chairperson Thiyam Rajkishore; Youth Development Club, Yurembam Awang Leikai, Imphal West secretary Laishram Helenchandra Singh as the guest of honours.