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  • Radhika Garg

Co-Curricular: An Overall Development

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Education isn’t limited to homework and the classroom but there is a prime need to strike a balance between syllabus, books and co-curricular exercises, to give an opportunity to the young children to develop their special skills.

Co-curricular activities go hand-in-hand with regular study and complement the main syllabus to improve a child’s overall development and transform their capabilities into abilities. These activities also strengthen classroom learning by helping the young minds to grow. Children also learn team work as well as early management skills when they work in groups for any such activity.

Here are a few points as to why your child must participate in co-curricular activities:

Develops Thinking Skills: Activities other than the regular academic curriculum enhance critical thinking of the young minds. The children learn to apply their classroom learning to other real-life situations. They start to analyze, synthesize and evaluate any challenges and to find suitable solutions.

A good example is a debate competition where a child puts his mind at work by putting forward his point of view and also critically thinks about what his or her opponent has said.

Building Confidence: Our objective as parents, teachers, or guardians is to provide a better sense of confidence in our children along with the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. There are times when our kids feel that they are good at nothing. This lowers their self-esteem. For example, a child who is not good at studies might feel low at confidence in the classroom. But when he performs in hobbies of his interest, like painting or music or sports, and performs well at it, this boosts up his confidence and makes him feel better about himself.

Overall Personality Development: Co-curricular activities increase the ability of a student to deal with varied situations. Thinking and doing out of the box is a part and parcel of education for developing a student’s personality. Co-curriculars that involve activities like inter-school or inter-state competitions give a student an opportunity to participate with and meet students from different schools and areas, giving them exposure that they don’t get in their own schools. Competing in such situations automatically boosts up the development of the child’s personality.

Better Academic Results: It has been noted that students who pursue hobbies score better than the others. Co-curricular activities provide a breather and a much-needed break from the regular studies and restore their ability to retain knowledge.

For example, a student participating in a writing activity not only enjoys the competition but also learns the skill of writing, which in turn helps him in his language subjects.

Sense of Responsibility: When given a task to handle at such an early age, children get better at handling various situations later in life. Such tasks and exercises develop the values of responsibility and accountability in children.

A quiz competition at school is usually played in teams and the performance of a team depends on the participation of each student. When played in good spirits, the student learns to feel responsible for what they do and how they perform. They also learn leadership skills and co-operation.

Enhances Social Skills: Co-curricular exercises are an opportunity to meet like-minded friends and to communicate with peers. A group or a club activity like music or a theatre group makes a child involved in a social circle. He or she finds people to interact with, who share a common interest. This encourages a child to further enhance social skills in life.

Today, the continuous pressure of providing academic excellence along with a huge amount of technology-driven entertainment has made brilliant young minds lose interest in hobbies and other enrichment activities. It is important that we provide our children with an environment that fosters their overall personality and not just academic growth.

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