Teachers' Day - 20 October

Dear go teachers of Europe,

This year, the European Go Cultural Centre (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 would like to invite you for a seminar about the ins and outs of modern go teaching: on Friday 20 October we organise a Teachers' Day.

As teachers, you are at the forefront of the spread and promotion of go. Hence you 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.

What will we do?

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, several plenary sessions and workshops will take place, focusing on the discussion of specific topics. Examples of such topics are:

- 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?

Of course other topics are very welcome for the sake of discussion.

Ultimate Goal

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


The Teacher's Day will start at 10:00 AM on Friday 20 October. Around 12:00 PM there will be a short break. The seminars and workshops will continue until 16:00 PM. At around 17:30 PM, all participating teachers are welcome to join a reception in the building to celebrate the EGCC's 25th Anniversary. Short talks will be held by people that have been important for the EGCC throughout the years, followed by drinks and Japanese bites/tapas.

Special Offer

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.
We recommend the cottages in the camping area of the Amsterdamse Bos, which cost about 30 euros per person, per night (shared with others).

Please let us know if you will attend, and register (below) as soon as possible. We hope to see many of you on the 20th of October. 

Yours sincerely,
Staff of the EGCC


You can register online!. View the list of Participants.


Public transport from Amsterdam Central Station:
Subway 51 (direction Westwijk) to station Kronenburg, 5 minutes walk from there (see map).

By Car:
Please use the Google map on the right for directions.
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