Jungle Pepper kids chess lessons hailed: Malawian parents says kids achieving good grades in schools

Malawian arents who are sending their kids for chess lessons at Jungle Pepper Pizza Restaurant at Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre have hailed the programme in that it is assisting their children improve in various areas of their lives.

Kids participating in a  chess tournament
Kids participating in a chess tournament
Kids playing  Chess at Jungle Pepper
Kids playing Chess at Jungle Pepper

News has it that, since its inception in 2013, the kids that have partaken in this programme have achieved relatively good grades in their schools. Most of them  top their classes and get selected to good schools, even national secondary schools — proving that chess indeed jacks up kids’ brains.

Chimbe, a businessman, says Jungle Pepper chess has made his daughter Mishelle to become so organised that she was chosen head girl in her final year at South End Primary School.

Now in Form 1 at Karibu Academy, Mishelle brought Malawi junior team pride last year when she finshed position 8 at the Africa Juniors in Zambia.

Mrs Gondwe of Manja township says chess has injected her son Khwima with enormous amount of confidence.

“After beating elder people at chess, my son so much believes in himself and this is making him excel in class”, she said.

Another parent, Mrs Kachale says her son, Ndemi is now unbelievablly focused and organised and that  he is unbelievably bright in class.

Yebo Sanga of St Columba Primary School is also said to be topping his class at school alongside Mayamiko Manda of the same school.

Mrs Chamdimba of MRA said her son has improved his aptitude for learning as he has improved his score in several  subjects.

“His perfomance and way of handling things has just  sky rocketed. I’m pretty sure it’s because of chess,” she said.

Mr Mkomba says his son David has improved in his analytical abilities while Mrs Nyirenda of Kanjedza  says her son, Chikondi who is at Blantyre Baptist primary School, is doing particulary fine in School.

Mrs Msonda says  her son Careb has since improved his score at Mathematics: “He used to have problems with Maths, but after starting playing chess, he has now  tremendously improved.

Mrs Maweja of TNM says her son has turned into a critical and fast thinker and has since scooped good positions at school while Mrs Munkhwapa of Kanjedza Project says her son Quinton has improved in reasoning and management of things.

One of the Jungle Pepper chief instructors, Makhosi Nyirenda said  the instructors were humbled by the flow of complements.

He But agrees that chess helps kids in a number of ways including boosting up memory, increased concentration and focus, ability to solve problems, analytical abilities and induces good ambitions, among other benefits.

“I’m pretty conviced these kids are destined for great things. But above everything, may they continue to fear God,” Nyirenda said

He sais almost every pupil that consistently go through the programme gets selected to a good schools and are well disciplined.

“Chess also disciplines them,” he said

Nyirenda urge parents to bring their kids to Jungle Pepper kids chess lessons that take place every Saturday from 11 to noon at a charge of K1,000.

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