Co-curricular activity. But why?

We send our children to school to study not to learn how to play.” “Why co-curriculars? I come at the top of my class.” These few lines are heard so often that it is rare to find people

Published: 09th January 2012 12:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:11 PM   |  A+A-

We send our children to school to study not to learn how to play.” “Why co-curriculars? I come at the top of my class.”

These few lines are heard so often that it is rare to find people who actually understand the importance of co - curricular activities.

Earlier, the world used to praise those who could read and write the English language, but today the scenario has changed quite a bit. Today, those who are not only good at English but also very creative when it comes to writing, oratory skills, leadership qualities and physical activities like sports, do much better than their lesser creative counterparts.

However, the all important question is from where do we get all these qualities? The answer is pretty simple - school.

It is very important that education institutions understand the importance of bringing out the various talents in any child and moulding them in such a way that the children are ready to face the world in the future.

It so happens that many times many students get the same rank. But to select the winner the co - curricular activities are taken into account. When we look at it in a broader way, academics itself is not the only component to prove that you are capable of working in any department, leadership qualities and the ability to present your ideas and communicate are also equally important aspects. We must also remember that even if a student excels academically, they need to spend time on sports/arts  or any activity of their choice to relax the brain.  

As not all children might excel academically, for such students co - curriculars are a way to cope and stand at par with the fast paced world. As time goes by, and with the increase in development, the world is arriving to such a position where the most educated might lose to those who possess the ability to do work better because of their versatile skills.

Also, co-curricular activities like sports increase the stamina of our body and make us physically fit and internally healthy. Such activities are definitely a way to healthier living and as the saying goes, health is wealth.

Sanjiti Kapoor is a class IX student at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans Public school

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