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Extra-Curricular Activities

It has been argued that extracurricular activities are not very important in a schoolchild’s life. A student’s social life is as important as their academic life, for their development. There is so much pressure on students, to perform well in their exams and attain high grades. This, by all means, is not wrong – wanting students to perform exemplarily well in their exams is normal. The problem comes in when students have no life outside their classrooms; when all they do and think about is their books. They become zombies whose world revolves around books, with no room for their development as human beings.
Many parents, guardians, and students themselves do not understand the importance of extracurricular activities. Teachers had to convince some parents and guardians to permit their children to participate in extracurricular activities. This is because the parents feel that those after college activities distract them from their studies, or caused them to get home late. Some students also feel that they do not need the activities; all they need is to concentrate on their books.
This notion couldn’t be any more untrue. Co-curricular activities are just as important as academics. They both complement each other to develop a well-rounded student with more social skills than one who only concentrates on their books. Education should go beyond the four classroom walls; it should be more than just books.
There are so many activities that a student can choose from, including sports such as athletics, football, and rugby, scouts, debate, chess or even music. Some students who are interested in more than one activity end up participating in them, as long as they have enough time left for their studies.

Objective

1. Experimenting with new techniques in different media
2. To develop a sense of imagination and creativity.

Purpose

The main motto of extracurricular activities is personality development. These are the activities which promotes students to take up their study in a healthy manner. All-round development as well as intellectual development is not the domain of curriculum, these characteristics can be judiciously fulfilled by co-curricular activities. Extracurricular activities include bands, sports, student newspaper, literary, acting & drama, music, cultural activities.

Important Benefits of extracurricular activities

The classroom teaching-learning environment get strengthens by extracurricular activities.

Extracurricular activities enable the students to express themselves freely. Inculcate the values of co-operation.

It is a means of developing skills and competence. Different extracurricular activities have their own significance i.e. Debate helps to generate ideas and giving reasons and counter-reasons.

Sometimes, learning-teaching become monotonous; this can be changed into pleasant atmosphere by participating in extra-curricular activities.

Extracurricular activities enable to groom the students for future leadership.

Students get inter-mingle with different peer groups during these activities which satisfy the needs of socialization, self-assessment and self-identification.

Extra-curricular activities requires sacrifice and control which ultimately helps in grooming your balanced personality.

These activities provide the opportunities to adjust themselves with other people.

Extra-curricular activities provide motivation for learning.

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