Limitless Minds Chess Academy founder Keenese Katisenge says they intend to take children who have enrolled for the Chess for the Blind programme for international tournaments such that they can be able to showcase their potential in chess at global level.
Speaking during the chess for the visually impaired familiarization session that was held in Mochudi Resource Center for the Blind over the weekend, Katisenge said their main aim is to affiliate to International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) for them to be able to compete in IBCA competitions.
“We have never sent any representatives to compete in chess for the blind at an international level in the history of Botswana. So, as Limitless we are going to make history because our aim is still to promote sport and social inclusion, empowerment of these children. But we are working together with Botswana Chess Federation to make sure we achieve this,” said Katisenge.
Katisenge further explained that the readiness of the children will be tested first with an intercontinental tournament that will be hosted later this year by the academy. “As part of examining our children we are going to host a competition locally with a section for people living with disabilities in November. This will be the first competition for our children which will be a gateway towards IBCA tournaments,” she said.
Chess for the visually impaired started in February with 60 visually impaired children between the ages of 8-18 enrolling for the programme. As part of the proceedings of the day there was a demonstration by the participants and the coaches to showcase the progress that has been made.
Now with the chess for the blind at an advanced stage and bearing fruits, other programmes for the marginalized groups will be rolled out soon in a commitment to making a positive difference in the society. “Other programmes in the academy include chess for refugees and orphans, and chess in prisons, so we have partnered with Mpule Kwelagobe Children’s Centre, Moshupa Boys Prisons and Dukwi Refugee Camp. They are our stakeholders in the next project,” she concluded.