The Bella Disu Foundation has partnered with The International Women’s Society to establish a chess academy at the IWS Skills Acquisition center, Lekki and Day Nursery School, Yaba. 

To support the organization in providing empowerment and educational opportunities to women and children, Mrs Bella Disu made a donation on behalf of her foundation with the objective of improving the potential of children from less privileged backgrounds.

As the guest of honor at the official launch of the chess program, Mrs Disu in her speech said, “Today, I am excited as we partner with two stellar organizations to serve children by establishing a chess program. Since I was a young girl, I have known of the International Women’s Society and its immense impact on the lives of Nigerian women across society. And, of course, like many other Nigerians, I have keenly followed the work done by Chess in Slums Africa over the last year. I have seen photos and videos of your work in Oshodi, but I know that behind the photos are real lives being changed, new dreams being birthed, and great confidence being instilled.”


Mrs Bella Disu with the President of IWS, Mrs Ifeoma Monye, Tunde Onakoya, the children participating in the Chess program, and past IWS presidents

With the aim to empower children to reach their full potential, The International Women’s Society in partnership with Chess In slums Africa (CISA), is on a mission to help reimagine education, leveraging chess as a tool to aid cognition and empower the minds of the girl child. 

Chess in Slums Africa is a nonprofit organization aimed at using the noble game of chess to help children in slum communities realize their full potential by integrating principles of the game with the management of daily challenges in life, enhancing abstract thinking, creativity and innovation.

The chess program launched officially on the 12th of April 2022 at the IWS Skills Acquisition center, and a total of 100 children will be participating in the program.

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