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Fred Sagwe and his epic chess trek

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Fred Sagwe and his epic chess trek

Fred Sagwe, has completed his six-day walk to raise the profile of chess in Kenya.  Sagwe, who is a teacher, began his 160 km trek in Nairobi, on 1st October 2021.  He ended the epic journey at the Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre in Nakuru.  

Fred Sagwe on his walk to Nakuru.
Fred Sagwe on his walk to Nakuru.

At the school he took the opportunity to play some chess and plant a few trees.

Fred Sagwe plays some chess at the Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre which was his final destination.
Fred Sagwe plays some chess at the Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre which was his final destination.

He walked at least 20 kilometres daily carrying a large flag with the Chess Kenya logo. He had initially planned to do the walk in 2020, but the Covid 19 pandemic scuttled his plans. 

Sagwe is pushing for the Ministry of Education to provide resources to schools for kids to take up chess, which is essential in developing their analytical skills. 

Fred Sagwe poses with students from the Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre.
Fred Sagwe poses with students from the Betty Mavity Roberts Education Centre.

His trek was part of The ChesSDGs Kenya Walk 2021 Initiative. Chess volunteers have committed to do an annual walk until 2030 to raise awareness on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

 

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