Importance of Co-curricular activities in school

Changing perspectives and preferences of parents towards education has paved the way for holistic learning, which fosters the all-round development of children. It typically means the intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development of a child. Education is a much deeper concept that surpasses the four walls of the classroom.

To ensure this kind of development, a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities should be achieved. Co-curricular activities take place outside the pen and paper classroom experience and they give an opportunity to master few skills and exhibit other abilities. As such activities are of high importance, the school curriculum must create an opportunity for student participation.

Why are these activities so important?

The goal of co-curricular activities is to inculcate a sense of sportsmanship and boost self-confidence whilst leadership skills, competitiveness and team spirit are acquired through experience. Studies have shown that students pursuing their hobbies showed better results in academics and are better at managing their time.

When students are exposed to a new horizon of activities, they take the liberty to choose what they want to pursue, which in turn makes them more responsible and accountable. For example, ‘Art’ develops self-expression and acceptance of others’ opinions; ‘Music’ teaches coordination and concentration; ‘Drama’ improves memory power and public speaking and so on. Even parents have to recognize the skills that can be channeled to their children through co-curricular activities and openly encourage them to take up as many activities as possible.

Children who physically exert themselves through such activities have a healthier mind and body and turn out to be successful adults. Remember the dialogue from the film ‘The Shining’? “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy!”.