Importance of co-curricular activities in students life
For a long time, people have misunderstood education to be limited to the classroom with a trainer. The truth is that education is an all-round activity which can be undertaken both in class and elsewhere e.g. fields. Education should focus on all round development to make an individual relevant to the society in whichever part of life he/she is talented. After completion of education, a person is supposed to be intellectually, physically, morally, sensibly and socially developed; this will show everyone the real importance of education. An educated person is culturally and socially prepared. To all these kinds of developments, there must be balance between classroom activities and co-curricular activities. Learning institution administrators must develop their learning activities not only focus on syllabus coverage and books but also co-curricular activities.
Co-curricular activities supplement the curricular activities; they are like partners, undertaken side by side. Co- curricular activities take place outside the four walls of a classroom though a trainer is present. The learners are given opportunities to learn new skills and are also endowed with non-academic skills. The students are given opportunities to excel outside the classroom with the co-curricular activities. In an education system, some co-curricular activities like art, drama, and music should be compulsory. Partition in a school sports team and debate are important but should be voluntary to the students. But partition in either a mandatory or optional curricular activity is important to the general development of an individual.
Co-curricular activities make the students grow up knowing the art of living and working together to achieve their goals. For example, a student participating in a school football team will appreciate the value of working together to gain success. By working with other students in various activities, the students will learn to understand and accommodate each other in their daily lives. Students will learn the diverse characters of different individuals. With the learning and understanding different style of each student, students will be well socially developed. This development will make the students have a lot of ease in working together once outside the school environment.
Co-curricular activity enhances the theoretical knowledge gained in a classroom. With the application of the theoretical knowledge acquired in class, the students can master and understand the theories more. The students will feel involved in the learning, and they will learn with ease. The students will embrace more what they learn in the classroom. Also, the students will start viewing classroom education as important as it ought to be. Also if the students are assigned different responsibilities in the field, they learn to be responsible and grow up as responsible individuals.
Other developments like, moral, spiritual, character building and physical growth are enhanced by the co-curricular activities. By undertaking co-curricular activities, students can learn good morals from observing how morally upright students behave. This will enable students to develop strong character. Activities like, participation in a school team will help the students grow up physically active.
Activities like debating enhance coherence and speech fluency. Involvement in a debate enables one know how to coordinate his/her idea in a well thought out way. The students also learn to be fluent in their speech due to regular practice. With debate participation, the students also learn how to defend their ideas and stand for their rights. They also learn the act of self-confidence as they debate out their issues.
Therefore as much as the curricular activity is important in the education system; co-curricular activity needs to be given the seriousness it deserves. This will see schools produce better and responsible citizens.