Teachers' Day on October 20th

Kim Ouweleen


This year, the EGCC in Amstelveen celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, we organise a special Anniversary Go Tournament in the weekend of 21-22 October. 

In addition to the tournament, we welcome all enthusiastic go teachers in Europe to a seminar about the ins and outs of modern go teaching: on Friday 20 October we organise a Teachers' Day.

Go teachers are at the forefront of the spread and promotion of go. Hence they fulfill an important role in the direction that our sport will take. This event gives you an opportunity to discuss your ideas with other go teachers, find out about the differences and similarities between your approaches and those of others, and to learn about the current methods and trends in teaching go. Together, we can look forward, towards the future.

For this symposium, we are happy that two special guests from the Nihon Ki-in will join us: Mr. Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p (vice-president of the Nihon Ki-in) and Cătălin Țăranu 5p. They will open the day with a few words, followed by introductions of major teaching projects from the past. Afterwards, there will be several plenary sessions and workshops that will focus on the discussion of several topics, such as:

- Mindset: how do you recognise the mindset of your students? And how do you deal with them? Do you select and train students who show eagerness to improve, or do you focus your efforts on convincing/stimulating students that are less enthusiasiatic about the game? Should you train students that show different levels of interest and/or skill seperately, or not?

- Didactics: which approaches to teaching are there and which audiences or goals do they target?

- Ways to Promote Go: how do we promote our sport? With which endgoal in mind? What are the pros and cons of the opposite perspectives of offer and demand?

- Teaching Materials: which materials do you use and which are best for which purpose? 

- Modern Media: Internet and multimedia are the future of go. Or are they? How does the modern world, in which borders are easily forgotten and the language of English has become universal, influence our possibilities for teaching? 

- Obstacles: what are the main obstacles that go teachers face and how can we overcome them?

- Teaching as a Living: How can we create jobs for go teachers and form a structure that generates income? In a sense, how do we professionalise go in Europe?


The ultimate goal of the Teachers' Day is to collect your different views and experiences about teaching and promoting go in a publication. Ideally, this publication would be used as a handbook by others, with or without real experience in teaching, to start teaching on their own.

The EGF sponsors the EGCC's Teachers' Day with 60 euros for each of the first 10 participants from abroad that register. This can be used by the participants to cover the costs of accommodation. 

You can find the schedule and subscribe for the Teachers' Day here.

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