EGF Ing Grant Report 2002-2003
SummaryThrough the grant of $80000 received from the Ing Chang-Ki Weichi Educational Foundation in the year ending April 2003, work was done in several countries to promote Goe amongst children and to promote the Ing rules. Additionally receipt of Ing Goe equipment enabled Goe to be played where previously it could not and for lessons to be made were there were insufficient resources before. For the continued support of the Ing Chang-Ki Educational Foundation many Goe teachers and Goe players are extremely grateful
Ing Chang-Ki Memorial Cup 2003The European Ing Cup (Ing Memorial) was held at the Go Centre in Amsterdam from 1st to 3rd March. 24 players of the top European players took part, including several professionals. Four players ended on 5 out of 6, namely Catalin Taranu, Guo Juan, Csaba Mero and Cristian Pop. However the weekend was marred by Victor Bogdanov from Russia being taken ill during play on the Sunday and being rushed to hospital with bleeding on the brain. He is now starting a long recovery following surgery.
World Youth Goe ChampionshipsThis was held in Thailand in summer of 2002. Ing Fund money helped the European children by allowing support of extra team captains. The costs of the event itself were funded separately by the Ing Fund.
European Youth Goe Championships 2003This year the EYGC was held at the Games Festival in Cannes, France from 13th to 16th March. A record number of players from a large number of European countries took part. Of 83 players in the Under-12 category, three players ended on 4 out of 5 to take the top places: Ihor Zaytsev (4 kyu Ukraine), Artem Kachanovskyy (4 kyu Ukraine) and Mirolsav Sos (8 kyu Czechia). At under-18 four of the 193 players took the honours with 4 out of 5: Ilia Chikchine (5 dan Russia), Timor Douguine (4 dan Russia), Antoine Fenech (3 dan France) and Martin Jurek (3 dan Czechia). Full details are on the French Go Federation site france.european-go.org.
Ing Goe EquipmentThe Ing Timers and Goe Sets, continue to be received and distributed to European countries, such as Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland. The ever popular cardboard 9x9 starter sets continue to be used in teaching, especially children, in several other countries. In addition boards from the Czech Republic have been bought and made available as part of Ing grants.
European Go CongressAs usual the European Go Congress in Zagreb was played according to Ing Rules, using the Ing Timers and Goe Sets. Croatia then retained some of the sets to develop Goe playing in that country. The Ing Fund supported teaching professional Yuki Shigeno, during her visit to Croatia including time at the summer Goe School.
InvestmentContinued support of European Goe has been provided by transfer some of the Ing Funds to investment accounts of the EGF.
Ing Grants 2002-2003New projects for 2002-2003 were launched in Croatia, Switzerland and Slovenia. Switzerland ran a Goe Camp and new Children’s Tournament with their first ever Ing grant.
Ing Grants 2001-2002Ing Fund supported various projects were teaching projects in Bosnia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Production of booklets took place in the Czech Republic. Poland again held various events.
European Youth ProjectBased on an award winning scheme from Germany, the EGCC is setting up the European Youth Project with about five countries to get Goe Boxes into schools. These will contain Goe material and instruction on how to play Goe with Ing rules.
Details of various projects are described below, reports provided by members of the countries themselves:
POLAND - Report on activities 2002
CZECH REPUBLICWe have produced according to our plan two titles of problems for beginners in a Czech language. The titles are 'Ulohy pro zacatecniky I' and ‘2’ which means in English 'Problems for beginners 1’ and ‘2’. These books are meant for real beginners, preferably children who do not speak any language but Czech; studying problems in English or Japanese or any other East Asian language would be a problem for them.
Each book contains 270 Goe problems together with their solution. The first volume contains problems for real beginners weaker than 20 kyu. Solution of these problems should help pupils to understand rules of Goe. The second book contains problems for beginners about 20 kyu and should help them to improve their level of Goe.
Each book contains 62 pages plus cover sheet. Both books were written by Tomas Grosser, 3 dan, who also works as chief editor of the Czech Go Journal. The format of both books is landscape, size A4.
Just by now we have translated from English a book 'GO Your Game!' written by Frank Janssen. We are now finishing a preparation of this book for printing. Our aim is to print 500 copies of this book.
Our last goal is to rewrite a book from Japan shown us by Yuki Shigeno – about 50 problems for beginners on 8x8 Goe board. We want to rewrite these problems for 9x9 Goe board as children could use this book with 9x9 cardboard Goe boards which all of them receive on their first lesson in children courses. We also want to add some short commentary to these problems for better understanding of good and wrong play.
Report from Jana Hricova
SWITZERLAND - 2003 EUROPEAN GO & SKI STAGEThe traditional European Go & Ski Stage once again attracted thirty odd Go players from Germany, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, and of course Switzerland, the host country.. The locale was the Grand Hotel de Pont-sur-Vallorbe in the marvelous Vallee de Joux, in the Swiss Jura area.
Thanks to the financial support of the Ing Foundation, and the organizational talents of the 4L league (the four organizers stemming from Lausanne, Limoges, Luxembourg, and Levanger) the stage was superbly organized. The pedagogical responsibility was vested in Laurent Heiser (6D) of Luxembourg who performed to the satisfaction of all with his customary competence. To the joy of all, the absence of snow in this celebrated valley in the centre of this watch making area of Switzerland enabled the participants to profit completely from the two sessions each day. The two themes prominent in this year’s course were the semeai and analyses of games played in the now well known manga, Hikaru no Go. Several episodes, in the form of trick films, were displayed on a computer screen enabling an initiation of those who had never been exposed to Hiraku no Go and the addicts to once again watch their favourite games.
A teaching script prepared before the start was distributed to the participants, and this enabled them to consider difficult problems at their leisure and prepare the associated non-trivial questions. The exceptional quality of the course (conducted in English) and documentation available to the participants was greatly appreciated. There is no doubt that the excellence of the course was due in no small part to the generous support of the Ing Foundation and for this the organizers express their gratitude. In appreciation of the work he has done and the excellence of the courses he has given over a period of ten years, the participants presented Laurent Heiser with a specialty of the region, an antique pocket watch.
Report prepared by Patric Fontaine
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SWITZERLAND - FIRST SWISS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP BERN - 2003With financial support from the Ing Foundation, the Swiss Go Federation has organized the first Swiss Junior Championship.
Although the organizers offered to pay transportation and lodging for participants who had to travel to Bern, the attendance was far below expectations. The Federation has established that the centre of gravity of junior players in Switzerland is in Geneva, and since the event is now going to be held annually, the 2004 championship will be held there.
As to the championship itself, it ended in a three way tie for first place. (Jonas Wagner (Be), Daniel Fabien (Be) and Mathias May (Zu)). In order to break this tie a lighting tournament was organized for these three players. Alas, the result was yet another three way tie, so Switzerland now boasts of three Junior champions for the year 2003.
The pictures attached are of the three winners and of a game between two of them.
As a result of the low attendance at this years championship, we anticipate being able to finance several such championships with the Ing grant over the next few years.
For this money we are exceedingly grateful and thank the Ing Foundation.
Report from Alan Held
UNITED KINGDOM - HAMPSHIRE GO PROJECTThe Hampshire Go Project was initiated as a result of a chance conversation between Simon Goss, President of the British Go Association and myself. I asked Simon about introducing Go into UK schools, without knowing at the time that outreach was a priority he had established a short time before. Thus timing of the conversation was highly appropriate, and the project was born.
In the first phase we aimed to introduce Goe to 80 schools and other educational establishments. This target has been achieved and exceeded, with an additional 10 venues requested as phase 2 of the project develops under the BGA’s GoZone programme. The spectrum of different types of establishment has been very wide, both in ability and age range. I have visited schools which cater for problems such as severe learning difficulties (SLD), emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), dyslexia, and a variety of social needs. I have also run workshops for very able pupils and their parents, and for some of the most prestigious Public Schools in the UK- Eton College, Millfield School, Hurst Lodge and Culford School. My youngest pupils have been just over 5 years old, the oldest 18 years. I have been able to demonstrate clearly that Go is of value to pupils of all ages and abilities, and that the value to individuals can be anything from the enjoyment of a ‘fun’ leisure activity to a lifeline to social inclusion.
The Hampshire Go Project files are extensive and detailed and even a summary would involve a document many times longer than this report. However, I think my experiences would be useful for individuals planning a Goe introduction project, and I would like to comment on dealing with schools in particular.
I start from the simple idea that Goe is a positive force in society. The BGA’s GoZone project, which grew out of phase 1 of the Hampshire Go Project, has a programme document www.britgo.org/gozone/programme.html which has some appropriate references. Involving schools is a powerful way to introduce this positive force, but it is not an easy process. The comments below refer to UK schools, but I believe that the picture is not that different across Europe. When I began teaching in the early 1970s a teacher in a primary school (up to 11 years old) had considerable flexibility in planning his or her work. It would have been very easy then to have introduced Goe in curriculum time, as a cross-curricular project. This is not the case today. The last ten years have seen education becoming increasingly tightly systematized, so that there is little scope for experimental initiatives, except in the bravest schools. Most teachers already have a huge burden of administrative duties, and a very prescriptive curriculum within which to work, and so if Goe is to feature in school life it is going to be in extra-curricular times, such as break-times or after-school clubs. There are exceptions, Millfield School in Somerset, for example, which employs a full-time Chess Master to teach the game in curriculum time, and some schools provide enrichment activities which may include Goe, for gifted or talented pupils. In these situations, the value of Goe needs to be carefully explained to the school in terms of learning objectives and interactive social skills. With the above in mind, the first problem is to contact potential schools. I would advise using any school contacts which an individual might already have- friends who are teachers or governors, one’s own children’s schools, etc, as ‘cold calling’ can be very slow and inefficient. The school secretary will not always know the best person for you to talk to, and may in some cases regard themselves as a gate-keeper who protects the school from strange unknown people talking about strange unknown games!
A worthwhile approach is to contact the adviser in the local education authority who deals with gifted and talented pupils. This role is now a requirement in the UK, but it is sometimes combined with other roles such as special needs, maths or music. If you can get this person enthused about Goe they will spread the word on your behalf, increase the credibility of your project, and help to set up county-wide initiatives involving many schools.
Teachers already have a very full day, and few are willing in the current climate to take on additional work. Most shy away from the idea of establishing a permanent Goe club with fixed regular meetings, especially of course if they are not Goe players themselves. But they respond quite well to the idea that Goe equipment can be kept in the school library, and that pupils may access this at suitable times in the day. It is very important to be flexible. Schools vary greatly in their cultures, so offering a ‘one size fits all’ package would not be very productive. Arrangements are often subject to change at short notice. One of my more extreme cases of this was a demonstration I had arranged to do for a private school with strong S.E. Asian links. The teacher who had organized the event rang me the day before, to apologise for what he though might be a wasted journey (400 miles return) for me- he had advertised around the school but had only six responses. I replied that I would still come, as six keen pupils could easily establish something for the future. On the day, 80 pupils turned up, with 8 staff, and I was very glad I had packed all the equipment I needed. The school now has a thriving Goe club.
I try to involve as many adults as possible. This is important when the Goe visit might be the only one the school is ever offered. Classroom assistants, governors, parents and friends of the school can often become interested in the game themselves, (and buy Goe sets) and this helps maintain continuity.
In conclusion, I can truthfully say that I have enjoyed every minute of the Project, which has brought the game directly to 1500 people, with probably at least that number again having found out about the game indirectly (children go home and teach their families). Great sensitivity is required when approaching schools, but having gained access their most frequent comment to me is ‘How come we haven’t heard about this before?’ The scope for future development is very great. The work gets easier, and time in schools spent on Goe gets easier to justify, as more people are introduced to this beautiful, challenging, creative cultural activity.
Report from Peter Wendes M.A. BGA Schools Liaison Officer
HUNGARYAccording to the presented project plan our aim was to bring up a new generation of go players in Budapest and in rural areas as well, while working on spreading of Goe. It was planned to establish at least 5 local Goe clubs, which goal has been over fulfilled as there are already 7 working Goe clubs in Hungary, and it can be regarded as real success. These clubs are the following:
1. MGE (Hungarian Go Association
2. OriGo Sport association (Székesfehérvár)
3. Goe school in Gazdagrét
4. Goe school in Pápa
5. Goe club in Budakeszi
6. Goe association in Miskolc
7. Goe department of Barcza Gedeon sport association
OriGo Sport association
Every Monday Goe playing possibility is provided in Székesfehérvár, the average number of players is 8-10 persons. As a subcontractor of MGE, managed the Korean Ambassador’s cup held in February 2003. Half of the 80 participants were dan players including many high level players from all over Europe. About this tournament only the number of articles appearing in country-level mass communication reached 20. After the tournament his Majesty the Ambassador of Korean Republic has visited the go club in Székesfehérvár. This event was reported by the local media and the countrywide TV channel TV2 as well. As a Hungarian administrator of KGS (Kiseido Go Server) an Origo-member, Nádor László (firstname.lastname@example.org, his KGS login name is „enel”) translates the newest versions of the KGS client into Hungarian, helping spread of Goe this way quite effectively. The association provides its members with Goe books and has subscribed to Go World.
Goe school in Gazdagrét
Teacher: Koszegi Sándor (2 dan) This is the most successful Goe school in Hungary. At present there are 20-30 children learning in 2 groups, lead by Koszegi Sándor and his helper Mitnyik László. On 18th of January 2003 they organized the 1st. Takara Kids special tournament with 29 children participating, mostly as on their first ever Goe tournament.
Goe school in Pápa
Teacher: Bárdos Zoltán (2 kyu) This Goe school has 6-8 pupils, they have been participating on big tournaments very often.
Goe club in Budakeszi
Leader: Albrecht István This “non-smoking” Goe club is working on Friday afternoons between 6-9pm. Though at present most of the members are beginner children, the plan is to grow up an independent Goe club. Their address within Budapest is:. (Virányosi Culture centre) 1125 Budapest XII. (Zugliget) Szarvas Gábor út 8/c
Goe school in Szigetszentmiklós
Has not started yet
Started above plan as a result of local member activity
1. First in Eastern-Hungary, LoGOsz Goe association has been formed in Miskolc. Address: Miskolc, Rákóczi u. 2, Rákóczi building, Dory pince (Actors’ club) Meeting: each Monday from 4:30pm
Leader: Oláh Zsolt Mail: email@example.com Internet homepage: http://logoszse.fw.hu
2. The Barcza Gedeon Chess Club has started its Go department.
Leader: Ádám György. They organized together with a big chess tournament the RUBICON Go Cup, the first 9x9 Go championship in Hungary.
Realization of the Project Plan
The project was concentrated on the activity of the above mentioned local teaching bases disseminating the results of the work within MGE in Budapest, spreading and teaching Go using local possibilities and according to local needs.
Teaching Goe to children and youngsters
The targets were elementary schools in Budapest, 11th district (responsible: Koszegi Sándor), secondary schools in Pápa (responsible: Bárdos Zoltán), and secondary schools in Székesfehérvár (responsible: Dienes Péter). In each case there were demonstration teachings in the schools in order to acquire new members for Goe courses. Members of the Goe club in Székesfehérvár now have enough tools for stepping up (ING sets, wooden Go boards, teaching materials, books and Go World) Further Goe circles have been started in Gazdagrét and Pápa. For children and generally for beginners under 10 kyu there was a free Goe course organized in the Summer Goe camp 2002 in Gyenesdiás, near the lake Balaton.
Level-up of Goe knowledge and teaching of ING rules
1. Train the trainers
A special event was organized in the main MGE Goe club in Budapest. Subscription of Go World (7 pieces in 2002, organized by Origo). 1-1 piece is continuously available in the Goe clubs of Origo and MGE.
2. Teaching Ing rules
ING rules are now readable at Internet homepages of MGE and Origo SE: http://mge.eqnet.hu/ and http://www.axis.hu/origo One tournament in the Goe camp 2002 and the year-ending 2nd. Champaigne cup was organized using ING rules.
3. Teaching materials and tools
There are demonstration Goe boards with magnetic stones available in both big Goe clubs Simple Goe sets for beginners (paper or plastic boards, plastic stones) are available in all Goe clubs. There are Goe boards and stones appropriate for organizing tournaments in the clubs of MGE (and ORIGO). Clocks are available only at MGE. As a teaching material, now we have enough copies of Go Basics by Koszegi Sándor. Different Goe books are available for teachers
4. Children and adults getting to know the game of Goe
As a result of media activities now it can be estimated that there are at least 50.000 people knowing what Goe is about (but not being able to play yet) Our media presence was at its highest in winter, beginning of 2003. This result - well above our earlier plans - could only be reached thanks for the Korean Ambassador’s Cup. Before and after the tournament the event appeared in programmes of several TV and radio channels (TV 2, Duna TV, MTV 1, RTL Klub, Petofi Rádió). Also newspapers (Magyar Hírlap, Nemzeti Sport) and other magazines (Magyar Narancs) talked about Goe both in country and regional level (Fejér Megyei Hírlap, Városi TV, Székesfehérvár). Taught about the Goe basics and able to play around the atari Goe level (30-25 kyu) there are around 200 persons Of course there are many more people reached by personal approach during tournaments, demonstrations in schools and clubs. It was very popular within players and visitors to follow the games of leading players on a TV set up in a separate room during tournaments. There are at least 50 persons who were taught on 6 –8 lessons and have reached the 25-20kyu level There are around 25 persons reaching advanced level (above 20 kyu) got their knowledge mainly in Go schools of Gazdagrét, Budakeszi, Székesfehérvár and Pápa.
Report from Gyory Csizmadia
BOSNIA - PROJECT OF INTRODUCING & TEACHING GO IN SCHOOLSGoe sections started to work in November 2001, as planned, although donation of material was late, but administrative preparations were well done.
These preparations referred to:
· We asked Ministry for Sport and Youth to agree with forming the Goe sections in primary and secondary schools. We got their agreement, even recommendation, for primary but not for secondary schools.
· We discussed the issue with school managers in two biggest Bosnia-Herzegovina cities (Sarajevo and Banja Luka), and selected the schools with best work conditions, 8 primary schools in total (later, six of them stayed in project).
· Secondary schools also were predicted by project, but with taking the agreement with Ministry into consideration, we had to look for some different solution to include secondary schools as well. Then we formed Goe sections in out of school organizations, such as “Youth Cultural Center” and “People’s Technique” in Banja Luka, “Internet Center” in Bijeljina, etc.
· We prepared basic promotion material – leaflets that we distributed in schools.
· We organized teams for work with children, and prepared detailed working plan.
· Preparations were made for printing the first brochure on our language with Goe rules, accessible for everyone interested in it. It was brochure “How To Play Go”, written on 27 pages.
In first month of project, presentations were performed in schools, as well as registration of members.
From December 2001. to July 2002., (eight months in total) we had training, and after that the final tournament were organized. In accordance with approved plan, we finished our project with it.
But after the summer vacation, from October 2002 until today, we made it possible for members of our sections to continue the permanent Goe school, with one term per week.
This project produced outstanding results in promotion of Goe game, and introducing it to public, especially young people.
Through public presentations and other promotion activities, more than 5,000 young people were acquainted with Goe game in direct contact.
We had wonderful cooperation with media (newspapers, radio, TV), and through it great number of people have heard for Goe – we estimate that number to over 100,000, which is really enormous number for such a little country as ours.
Unfortunately, we are not completely satisfied with total number of young Goe players who stayed as active members of Goe section after finishing the project and two-months pause (summer vacation).
We had 316 active players in the beginning, but now that number is 30. That is why we made the decision to take similar action again, but with lesser volume, taking possibilities into consideration.
It was predicted by project to include 10 schools (6 primary and 4 secondary schools) with total number of 250 members. We organized Goe sections in 6 primary schools, 3 organizations which gather young people around it, and 1 “correspondence school”, with total number of 316 members, as follows:
Place School name Primary/Secondary/Other No. of members/start No. of members/end No. of those present on presentation
Banja Luka IvoAndric Primary School 15 4 800
Banja Luka Sveti Sava Primary School 42 8 800
Banja Luka Georgi S. Rakovski Primary School 21 7 800
Banja Luka Vuk S. Karadžic Primary School 53 12 800
Sarajevo/Lukavica Jovan Ducic Primary School 36 20 500
Sarajevo/Grbavica Grbavica 1 Primary School 43 0 500
Banja Luka KIC Youth Cultural Center 40 13 400
Banja Luka Rada Vranješevic Abandon Children’s Home 28 6 200
Bijeljina Internet Club Internet Club 16 14 200
Different small places Mathematics Talents Correspondence School 22 -- 200
Total no.: 316 84 5,200
In addition to Goe sections organized in schools and other institutions gathering young people, during the action of Goe promotion we were present on other organizations’ gathering, where we distributed advertising handbills with basic Goe rules, or presentations.
Here we present a few interesting examples:
Place Sort of gathering Number of people present on presentation
Banja Luka 2001. Republic Primary Schools’ Mathematics Competition 300
Teslic 2002. Medical Symposium 300
Bijeljina 2002. Republic Chess Championship 1000
Banja Luka 2001.-2003. Photo Club, Air Club, Radio Amateurs Club, etc. 1000
Preparing activities, which are basically similar no matter if they are related to younger children or youth, were consisted of:
Administrative - organizational activities
all needed negotiations were performed;
terms were agreed;
working plans were prepared, with themes and time schedule for training;
teams for work with children/youth were defined;
promotion material was prepared;
literature - game rules (including Ing rules) was prepared;
Goe material (Goe sets and boards) was prepared.
In regard with Goe material, we would like to mention some (positive) deviation from plan (it will be visible from budget review).
We got 84 sets of Goe stones and 30 timers from EGF, and we made 80 wooden Goe boards, as per project. We also had some material before the project.
But, it seemed very impractical and irrational to give the expensive sets and boards 19x19 to beginners for use on first classes. Also, storage of this material and keeping it safe among little children could be very difficult, and we are not able to lend it to great number of kids for playing at home.
That is why we selected the solution with which we were able to supply needed number of cheaper garnitures. We succeeded to spare some funds from budget, and on the other side, funds inflow was regular as planned. We used the difference for making our own Goe stones - for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We made 60,000 pieces of Goe stones, and completed 250 sets with 85+85 pieces, and 50 sets with 180+180 pieces.
We also made additional 50 pieces of cardboard 19x19 boards, and 250 pieces of 13x13 plastic covered boards.
That was enough for training. Children in pairs had 13x13 garniture for playing at home (without charging), and it was their obligation to bring it with them for training.
We reached more than one good effect with it:
questions of transport and storage were solved by children themselves
children were able to learn to play at home
by having Goe garnitures at homes, more and more people started to be familiar with this game
ING garnitures that were donated are saved undamaged – we used it for training in clubs and on competitions.
In above mentioned preparing activities, we can include constant pressure that we made on Ministries, municipal authorities and sponsors. It had very important result: there is no one in municipal and state authorities related to sport, education and culture, who asks any more: “What is Goe?”
Below follows the methodology used.
Goe sections in primary schools and Children’s home
First meeting in every primary school meant public presentation, shortly before Goe game was introduced to children. These presentations were held in all schools included in project.
Presentations were scheduled between two shifts of pupils, so that all of them were able to see what is it all about, and lasted approximately 2 hours, most often between 1300 and 1500 . Presentations were held in main school corridors, where all pupils and teachers were coming through.
Presentations were consisted of:
playing Goe on 2-3 boards by children and young people from our clubs
showing parts of games on demonstration board, by Goe masters
video projection of tapes made on junior Goe competitions, especially EYGC
That was the surrounding for registration of interested future Goe players.
Then training was going on in accordance with plan common for Goe schools. We based our plan on two terms per week, lasting 110 minutes (it was 110 minutes because it was free time in the middle of the day, when all pupils were free of school obligations, no matter in which school shift they were).
(As it is understandable, fatigue was obvious on first classes, and class was too long; but as soon as it was second month of work, when “fights” began, class started to be too short.)
When children defeated basic rules, and started to sense game spell and joy of winning, we organized internal competitions (ponnuki or atari Goe).
When they learned all rules, and when all were able to start and properly finish the game and count results (after two months of work), we started to organize competitions between schools.
(We are not in position to translate, for this Report, complete working plans, for every school in particular because of different scheduling of internal competition system, considering that it is over of 70 pages of printed material.)
Final tournament for primary schools
In July 2002., final tournament was held in Children’s Home “Rada Vranješevic” (home for abandoned children) in Banja Luka – place equipped with everything needed to serve the children: bedrooms, playing rooms, restaurant, medical assistance, park, sport fields.
During the two days of Goe championship, tournaments in football and basketball were organized for young Goe players.
We named this championship as “200 young Goe players”. It was opened for all children younger from 18 years, which has no previous appearances in official competitions. There were 70 registered competitors, but only 40 joined the competition (unfortunately, on the very starting day of competition, the arriving of 25 children from Sarajevo was cancelled).
Knowing that summer vacation had already taken place, we were satisfied with players’ number, because it was real number of children who could stay in Goe game after the project termination.
Goe section – Youth Cultural Center (KIC)
The Center was established through donation of international organizations after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is place where mostly young people from secondary schools and university in Banja Luka are gathering. Center is of open type, and hundreds of young people are coming through it every day. This Center has special place where abstract games from all over the world can be played every day – we joined them the Goe game. The Center has presentation equipment, and our students who play there wisely used it. We left few garnitures there, where it can be played.
Methodology of work was not the same as in primary schools – there was more individual work, and practically every day somebody from Goe club was on duty in KIC, and learned the interested ones in the Center. But as project was finished and engagement decreased, the number of people interested in game decreased drastically. Some of them passed the interest in this game in their schools (or faculties), and it represents further contribution to success of this action.
Goe section – Internet Club
Bijeljina is rather small town, and has only one Internet club with possibility of playing PC games. Every day, a lot of young people and children come to this club. Methodology of work in the club was similar as in youth Center.
In this section, there was no interest among the youngest ones, and members were mostly secondary school pupils and students. Although this section was not one with large number of members, it reached two significant effects:
· The way of presentation and frequent circulation of young people, made possible that large number of people was informed about the Goe game
· This section developed into independent Goe club, and it will be officially registered in this year.
Correspondence school “Mathematics Talents”
This is not correspondence school in the true sense of the word, although it was near to it. First part of the projected plan was well developed, but later communication missed.
National championship in mathematics for primary schools was held in Banja Luka in 2001. (as every year). Taking into consideration that children from many cities were present, we had an arrangement with organizers to make the presentation and hold a lecture about Goe game, during this competition. We distributed promotion material and questionnaire for pupils interested to learn how to play Goe.
As there were pupils from small places where there were no players at all, we decided to send to every pupil who signed up, package which contained:
· Promotion text and history of the game;
· Promotion boards 9x9;
· Diskettes with: Go screen saver, IgoWin, 100 games + Yago;
· Our addresses and e-mail addresses, EFG web site addresses;
All this was very good accepted among the children, but later communication stopped soon. This school did not last, but we still think that this is a good idea in area of game popularization.
Other forms of game popularization
In current way and rhythm of life, with so much responsibilities and tasks, and respecting the preoccupations of young people, it is not easy to arouse their attention for new obligations.
That is why we had to be even little ‘aggressive’ in our wish to present the game and to arouse the interest in appropriate population.
And we entered into sport, culture, recreation, professional and other organizations, which gather young people. We performed short training there; we left them the rules of game few Goe sets (cheaper sets from our production). Such steps had great results in promotion of the game, but the influence on increasing the number of young players was much poorer. In these actions, response was better from adults than from children.
Nevertheless, although Goe sections were not formed in these organizations Goe game was permanently present. Take Banja Luka for example – besides the Go Club Banja Luka and Goe sections formed in schools, there is Goe material and Goe is playing in: “People’s Technique”, Students’ dormitory, Faculty of Electro technique, Faculty of Machinery, Faculty of Philosophy, and as avoidable, in few cafés. It is significant for relatively small city such as Banja Luka, where there are no so many players, especially not strong ones.
In our application for this project, we mentioned primary and secondary objectives that we wanted to reach with it. Fulfilment of these objectives can be represented as follows:
a) Primary objectives
1. & 2. Popularization of Goe game and ING rules
We think that we done really much in fulfilment of these objectives. First of all, a real large number of people have heard of our game. We estimate that it is approximately 100,000 people. Besides presentations and distribution of promotion material, cooperation with media was very important for these objectives.
3. Spreading the game to children and youth
We had good results here, too, but we expected better considering the efforts that we invested. In numbers, we acquainted at least 5,000 children and 2,000 young people and adults with Goe game through direct contact, and Goe sections had 316 members.
4. Forming permanent Goe sections in primary and secondary schools
We did not succeeded in fulfilment of this objective completely. Out of 316 members of Goe sections, after project finishing we had 84 children. It is not such small number, but they are not all on one location. We also had some administrative and technical difficulties, first of all lack of free space in schools, etc., and it was obstacle for establishment of permanent sections.
Human factor – in schools, teachers were not ready to take responsibility for children and lead the sections. That is why today, after the end of school vacation and end of Project, we have only one Goe school active, where there are around 20 ‘old’ members and same number of new ones. We have still enough children trained for playing the game, and we are going to start similar activities again.
b) Secondary objectives
1. Revival of former Goe clubs
Here, the situation is not good. Besides two Goe clubs (Sarajevo and Banja Luka), which we had before project implementation, there is Goe Club Bijeljina, and one more club in preparing phase.
There was no revival of clubs in two cities (Prijedor, Mrkonjic Grad), because the players, which had to be bearers of activities - had moved out.
2. Animating the non-active players and using their knowledge to popularize the Goe game
We did not have many non-active strong players, but there are lot players that had 10kyu to 5kyu in their youth. Some of them are now important persons in business and political life, and they have their own children, so we thought of them as possible link through which we could do something for Goe game. We had certain success in this, through support of our activities, providing the funds for tournaments, etc.
c) Popularization of Goe game through media
We had full media support in all our activities, especially in daily newspapers and national TV and radio. Besides the national TV, we had several presentations where we explained our action, on ‘Simic TV’, ‘Nezavisna TV’, ‘Alternativna TV’, ‘Bel TV’.
(In one TV show, in rewarding game, there was a question: “What is the name of the ancient game, played with black and white stones on board with 19x19 lines?”)
Through all these media, it was publicly announced that the biggest donor for project implementation is ING foundation. The mean and importance of EGF was explained, as well as the way of organization and place and role of Goe Association of B&H in EGF.
d) Other objectives
As we already mentioned, for the first time we have Goe stones from our own production, and for the first time we created complete brochure of Goe rules in our language.
We started in organized way to teach the children to play Goe, and it is not any more unknown sport in our country.
Maybe own production of Goe stones is not economically justified, or the best solution, but it is in function of “conquering” the space where, we hope, Goe will be played more and more.
Considering all this, we can say that this project has good results.
Report from Ljubisa Bosnjak