Through the Gems of Iganga project the aim is to nurture young analytical minds – and find the next chess superstar! Join us in the search.

Did you know that Uganda is home to the Queen of Katwe and the latest woman FIDE master? Last year Gloria Nansubuga, 17, became a symbol of national pride after winning a world title at the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. This feat made her a woman FIDE master, the third highest rank in chess. Despite the challenging background she was faced with, Gloria went on to conquer the world. Could the children of Iganga do the same?

Iganga district in Eastern Uganda has consistently been among the worst performing districts in primary school education in Uganda and is plagued by high dropout rates.

How can board games like chess help?

Board games can challenge pupils in a fun way, while at the same time develop critical thinking and analytical skills, which are crucial in the learning process. When children enjoy learning, they will stay in school. An educated child is a transformational asset to the community.

The Appeal

Tusome Africa works with 10 schools in Iganga. We’re appealing for donations for the provision of board games and the implementation of interschool competitions in the hope of finding the next Gloria!

Join us in the search by:

Buying a board game (£20)

Paying for one school to have a set of chess boards (£50)

Paying for a school’s set of games (£100)

or paying for one school’s competition prize at £500!

Let us know if you want to keep in touch.