MiniChess is an award-winning educational programme aimed at 5-9 year-olds, and a franchise business that has shown continual growth since its inception in 2014. This unique capacity-building programme is focused on harnessing the most powerful energy in the world – human talent – and the team work to position MiniChess in schools and communities around SA and globally, not only to teach children the game of chess, but as a proven instrument to build critical skills for the 21st century: higher-order thinking skills, socio-emotional skills and STEM-skills (linking with science, technology, engineering and mathematics understanding), through real-life interaction and play.
A key position
There are currently 24 franchisees in South Africa, with expansion on the cards across all provinces in SA, in cities as well as rural regions. MiniChess franchisees need to have entrepreneurial and managerial abilities, along with a passion for education and children, with a heart for community. They will need to build a team over time, to serve the schools, pre-schools and clubs/communities in the franchise area and must be able to manage, organise, communicate and market the product to all stake-holders, from pre-school teachers and governing bodies to traditional leaders in rural communities. MiniChess franchisees do not need to have any chess pre-knowledge, but must be available for training and mentoring. As they will, over time, become a community leader, making a critical difference for schools as well as parents, they need to be trustworthy and committed with a solid reputation in the area.
The MiniChess business model and implementation is very flexible, and designed to reach a wide audience. Franchisees receive everything they need to get going, along with ongoing franchisor support. In addition to being able to earn excellent remuneration, perhaps one of the biggest advantages of joining the network is the unique opportunity to mentor programmes in disadvantaged communities, thereby making a real difference to our country.