Education is a vast concept that cannot be constrained within the four walls of a classroom. The core aim of education is to nurture and develop a child with an overall improvement implying scholarly, physical, moral, sensible and social advancement. All round advancement must be accomplished through legitimate training and control.
Training demands a constant dedication in shaping faculties, understanding curriculums, identifying the need of a child and so on. To accomplish these goals, there is a prime need of striking a harmony between syllabus, educational programs, books and co-curricular exercises to voyage on the area of improvement.
Co-curricular activities are defined as activities that enable to supplement and complement the curricular or main syllabi activities of a child. This should be an important part and parcel of educational institutions for developing a students’ personality as well as for strengthening classroom learning.
Co-curricular activities have gained wide support while catering to cultural, social and aesthetic development of the child. This can be sports, debates, dance, singing, drawing, art, crafts, photography, writing, reading and etc. Honesty and lucidity in dialect and identity are bolstered by these exercises. It creates coordination, change, impromptu articulation and so forth within the same age group at different levels.
Overall Personality Enhancement
The whole education system today does not only encircles around pen and pencils but giving child the space to explore themselves. This aids in thinking and decision making abilities of the child from very early age. Active participation in sports, debates, group discussions and cultural activities gives child a more civic and moral sense which helps child to have a better understanding of the society at large.
Co-curricular activity enhances the advancement of the child which aids in increasing their capacities to emphatically confront situations in the future. Enhanced experience and appreciating gratefulness is increased through these exercises which help students as they progress in their life. The advancement of educational, psychological, social, civic, recreational and cultural values helps a child accomplish their goals through their lifetime.
Confidence Build up
The objective of co-curricular exercises is to provide a better sense of confidence in children along with installing a feeling of sportsmanship, adopting initiatives, preciseness, encouraging collaboration and practicing solidarity. The thought process behind this exercise leads to the creation of self-assurance and helps in figuring out the need of confiding within a group.
When a child is motivated towards competing in this fast paced world the over-all confidence builds up. The most engraving part about these activities are that the child learns to make resolutions and affirmations in tight situations. Going beyond classroom, initiated child’s mind to react to situations where body and mind collaborates to take actions according to situations.
Develop special skills
Co-curricular activities help students to develop their minds and give them an opportunity to develop their skills and talent. Competitions that are organized can create a competitive environment and help them to work more sensibly.
The child understands their own inclination of interest and starts developing their skills on the same. Suppose if a child is inclined towards music, he/she starts developing that very skillset from a very early age. This aids in choosing their career interest. Co-curricular activities opens the door for finding passion within the child which aids in developing the skillset. This works as a catalyst in career building in their long run.
Better academic results
When a child is relaxed from mind he/she tends to give better academic results. These days education has evolved in a new dimension involving a lot of fun. Research shows that children pursing hobbies tend to achieve better results in their studies as it aids their minds to grow.
This helps them to balance co-curricular and academic activities in a much better manner. They also learn the value of time management and efficiency in themselves. Co-curricular activities help release stress and burden from child’s mind which endeavours the ability to read and write. The memory intake volume also expands with such exercises providing better academic results.
Sense of responsibility
Working in groups and managing time and team assists a child to fathom authority and duty. The sense of charge establishes self-learning and inner growth in the child. When students are given responsibility or a task to handle at an early age, they get more manageable and efficient in handling various situations later in life. This fosters the sense of responsibility and accountability. Co-curricular exercises help a student to get ready for all the intents and purposes for what’s to come. Co-curricular exercises are especially great at giving chances to children to work in groups, to practice administration.
Co-curricular activities are very important because this gives young boys and girls the ability to mould their lives to become well-rounded people. The benefits of adopting co-curricular activities cannot be described within a few pointers. It assembles one’s identity and holds power to transform capabilities into abilities for students to discover the talent within them. Co-curricular activities are those which goes hand-in-hand with the curricular regular activities which augments the over-all development of the child.
Pankaj Kumar Singh is Managing Director, Cambridge Montessori Preschool.