As soon as Armenia became part of the Soviet Union, the country’s government undertook a number of measures to improve the level of physical education across the country.
In 1920-1922, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Armenia, the Physical Education discipline became a mandatory part of the country's curriculum, which contributed to the development and improvement of physical and military education of population, particularly the youth.
On November 7, 1922, the Pedagogical Faculty was separated from the University and was formed as an independent pedagogical institute.
In 1941, the Chair of Military Science operated in the Pedagogical Institute which taught the subject of Physical Education; later on a separate Chair of Physical Education was opened in October 1943.
In January 1944, a Faculty of Physical Education was established within the Pedagogical Institute. In 2011, the Chair of Physical Education was renamed to the Chair of Sports and Chess.
Since 2011, chess has been included in public school curriculum in Armenia as a compulsory subject to be taught to pupils from the 2nd to 4th grades.
After successful completion of the 2011–2012 academic year, ASPU Rector’s Office proposed to organize chess teaching at the Chair of Sports under the leadership of International Grandmaster and Founding President of the Chess Academy of Armenia Smbat Lputian.
After including chess in the elementary school curriculum it became clear that teaching efficiency would increase if class teachers in elementary schools also had knowledge of chess and ability to teach the subject at school.
Cooperation between the ASPU and the Chess Academy of Armenia began with the teaching of chess at the Faculty of Primary Education in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Students of the University majoring in Elementary Education and future class teachers began to study chess as a mandatory subject of the school curriculum.
As a result of this cooperation, the ASPU had the first generation of chess teachers who successfully began teaching chess in public schools in Yerevan and all regions of Armenia.
In order to make the work of psychologists, sociologists, educators, chess methodologists and specialists [conducting inclusive education-oriented research] more coordinated, a Center for Educational Research in Chess was founded at the ASPU with the support of the State Committee of Science (SCS) which has recorded tangible results during its two-year operation.
As a periodic report summarizing the ongoing achievements of the “Chess in Schools" programme implemented jointly with the ASPU, we can cite the international conference "Chess in Schools” held in Yerevan in 2014 and the international conference “Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools” held in Tsaghkadzor in 2016. During the conferences, ASPU specialists shared their achievements and results of research with Armenian and foreign colleagues.
With the aim to prepare skilled chess teachers who will give chess lessons in elementary schools in Armenia and will be able to transfer their knowledge to their foreign colleagues who would also like to include chess in the school curriculum, Armenian State Pedagogical University will offer a Bachelor’s degree programe in chess studies starting from the 2017-2018 academic year in compliance with a government decision which has already come into force.
In the ASPU educational process solid place is occupied by the Chair’s activities. The teaching professorial staff is seriously engaged in students physical education and strengthening their health. Five sports clubs are operating at the Chair including table –tennis, basketball, volleyball, chess and football; the students are participating in the republican students’ competitions.
In 2015-2016 the University’s girls football team won the first place in the republican students competitions. The University’s management keeps in the center of its attention issues related to physical education and strengthening health. Besides, free swimming courses are organized for students, as well as common uniforms have been provided for the physical training classes. In addition, there is also a rifle range at the Chair where separate classes are held to develop military skill of students.
Chair of Sports and Chess
Head of Chair of Chess and Sports
Shooting range technician