In today’s highly competitive world, school children have to face a lot of mental stress, as it’s not only important to have an excellent grade at school but also participation in co-curricular activities. The all round development of the child equally depends on the involvement into school co-curricular activities.
School is a foundation that prepares children for the future endeavors, only being brilliant does not make the student a productive citizen’s responsible citizen of the country. Given today’s scenario of the fast paced world around us children are expected to be equally active in non-academic activities. Students who are a blend of academic and co-curricular activities are able to tackle situations like admissions into institutes for higher studies, job interviews, corporate pressure and live a well balanced life. These activities help develop the overall personality and boost the moral of children. Its will be incorrect for parents and school authorities if they say school education is for better employment rather its for nurturing the children’s talents in fields like sports, dance, music etc. School children must learn how to manage their time between study and other activities. Another advantage of co curricular activities is that they help a student in building up their skills or nourishing their inner capabilities.
For instance a student who’s a good debater will be able to apply his knowledge when they are facing any interview since he has good communication skills. Moreover, to get admitted in many Top Institutions or International Schools today, it is essential to know any of the activities other than academic’s- like sports, clubs or music. Playing various sports like cricket, football, skating, tennis develops physical strength and while mind games like chess and puzzles develops mental skills. Although it is not always about succeeding, there is a positive quality of good sportsmanship imbibed in the students, standards of conduct such as being respectful of opponents and officials, and congratulating the winner when losing.
Thus co-curricular activities at school are not a diversion but rather an extension of a good educational program. Students who participate in activity programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than other students generally. Activity programs provide valuable lessons for practical situations – teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, and hard work.