He continued, "When you start looking at 20m children potentially playing chess, particularly between the ages of five to 12, this is when the human brain develops the fastest, requiring longest life skills. This is where we should be focusing. I explain also to the minister this morning, that this is not only about chess, it is also like other life skills like languages, drama, music, art, and chess is just one of life skills which helps someone be responsible citizen in the future." Borg also informed that he discussed with the ministry whether chess can be a subject in the curriculum. He referred Armenia, who have won a couple of gold medals in the last four Olympics, despite having a population of three million. Armenia made chess a compulsory subject in the curriculum, including it in the education budget. "Your competition is not in Bangladesh but also around the world. Even in Asia, Vietnam spend three million dollars in chess. If you don't start development, you fall behind. By standing still also you are actually falling behind. It's not only sport, but also educational tool, which is actually good for the nation," said the 55-year old, who is currently holding the general secretary post of Mediterranean Chess Association, as well as the president's post of Malta Chess Federation. Borg was a Fide Master during his playing career before becoming the senior Fide trainer, as well as the Fide arbiter. After introducing chess in school, Borg also talked about the next level, which is to train the teachers. Borg informed that they would start seminars in July in order to get more professional trainers for the country.
1st FIDE Presidential Board in Sochi underway. A.Filatov, K.Ilyumzhinov G.Makropoulos & N.Freeman pic.twitter.com/rJm4LXb8no— Geoffrey Borg (@geoffreyborg) November 8, 2014