Centre of Hope Shines at the 15th Annual African Youth Chess Championship in South Africa

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Centre of Hope Shines at the 15th Annual African Youth Chess Championship

Nestled in the heart of Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, Centre of Hope primary school recently celebrated a remarkable achievement: its participation in the 15th Annual African Youth Chess Championship.

The championship, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, brought together the brightest young minds from across the continent. For Centre of Hope, this was not just a chance to compete but an opportunity to showcase the strength and determination of its students.

From Kibera to Johannesburg: A Journey of Hope
Kibera is often synonymous with hardship, but it is also a place where dreams are nurtured. Centre of Hope primary school embodies this spirit. The journey to the African Youth Chess Championship began months ago with dedicated training sessions led by volunteer coaches who saw potential in the students’ sharp minds and strategic thinking.

Despite the challenges of limited resources and infrastructure, the school’s chess team practiced tirelessly. The support from the local community and well-wishers was overwhelming. Fundraisers and donations poured in, ensuring that the team could make the journey to Johannesburg.

The Championship Experience
Arriving in Johannesburg, the students were met with a mix of excitement and nerves. The grandeur of the event, with participants from over 20 countries, was a stark contrast to their daily lives in Kibera. Yet, they were undeterred.

The African Youth Chess Championship was a week-long event filled with intense matches, workshops, and cultural exchanges. The students from Centre of Hope displayed exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Each move on the chessboard was a testament to their hard work and determination.

Beyond the matches, the students gained invaluable experiences. They interacted with peers from different countries, sharing stories and learning about diverse cultures. The exposure broadened their horizons, igniting aspirations beyond the confines of Kibera.

A Ripple of Inspiration
The success at the championship has had a ripple effect back home. The students returned as local heroes, inspiring their peers and the community at large. Their achievement is a powerful reminder that talent and potential are not confined by geography or circumstance.


The journey of Centre of Hope primary school to the 15th Annual African Youth Chess Championship is a story of hope, perseverance, and triumph. It underscores the transformative power of education and opportunities. In the heart of Kibera, dreams are not just envisioned but are actively pursued and achieved.

As the chess pieces are packed away and the students return to their studies, the legacy of their participation in the championship endures. It serves as a powerful message: with determination, support, and opportunity, the children of Kibera can compete on any stage and achieve greatness.

Centre of Hope primary school’s story is a testament to the fact that every move, no matter how small, can lead to checkmate against the odds.

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