There is a very fine line that differentiates extra-curricular activities from co-curricular activities. Rightfully termed as co-academic activities, it is critical for children’s personal growth. With the present mounting pressures of academic excellence, technology dominated activities have made children lose interest in their hobbies or other recreational activities. Parents and educators are rarely seen encouraging children to pursue their dreams and hobbies. These days, children are getting unsociable. Participants in extra-curricular activities will allow them to meet like-minded friends, break social barriers and get an opportunity to explore themselves. They also learn and understand team work, and keep their mind off inappropriate and disturbing activities. Extra-curricular activities are tools to engage learners fruitfully. The question whether these co-curricular activities need to be evaluated is again something schools need to take a call on. Since every child’s capabilities are different and each one can be appreciated to uplift their mood and build confidence. Every child is gifted with a unique skill and these extra-curricular activities help them hone these skills further. This gives them wings in the right direction. Learners need to be given the right balance of these along with studies. The moment teachers and parents partner together, every ability of the child would be explored to the fullest.
The contributor of the blog is Mr. Dilip George – Principal, Doon International School, Dehradun.
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