Extra-curricular is additional or added activities which are done in addition to the scholastic activities. Education imparted to children cannot be segregated from co-curricular activities, learning is key and underlying. Classroom education and extra-curricular go hand in hand. These activities are taken as a choice by learners and they can overcome their shortcoming through these creative outlets. They learn through observation and assessment at their own pace and as per their liking. Research has proven that extra-curriculars have helped children develop other qualities. Those children pursuing extra-curricular activities showed better attendance, improved learning, more enthusiastic in participation etc. They were overall happier working together as a team. There are a lot of values that a child learns from these activities like social, developmental values, cultural virtues, physical values, recreational values and civic values. The child uses the extra time at pursuing an interest. This recreational value which the child learns at school, helps them later on in life as well to deal with stress. Any child taking up an activity improves his communication skills, physical stamina, discipline, leadership skills etc. The child learns to deal with failure and the drive to do better to be a winner. They learn social skills and understand his/her fellow beings. Schools have to balance between curricular and extra-curricular activities. There is an exhaustive list of skills that can be included in the curriculum. These bring talented people in the stride.
The contributor of the blog is Mrs. Poonam Chaubey– Principal, GD Goenka, Gr. Noida, West.