Extra-Curricular activities in schools are not the components of academic curriculum but an integral part of a student’s educational environment. Extra-curricular activities for kids comprises of sports, singing, music, debate, dance, drama, social services etc. School plays a pivotal role by channelizing energy of both normal as well as physically challenged students into a fruitful direction of personality development through extra-curricular activities.
To develop the various facets of personality a child, we believe that school curricula must be supplemented with such activities. These help in the intellectual, emotional and moral development of children. For the holistic development of students, extracurricular activities have been elaborately mentioned in ancient scriptures such as Veda and Upanishads.
Extracurricular activities for students help to develop creativity and artistic talents among students. It is our research that an academic subject blended with extracurricular activities develops a well-rounded, socially skilled and healthier student. Such students also tend to improve their academic grades. This may be due to increased self – esteem, motivation and time management since they become better organised in the classroom. This not only results in better behaviour but also heightens their sense of belonging.
Students learn useful new skills from their chosen activity and in integrating these activities into their everyday school life; they learn time management, critical thinking, teamwork and social skills. They develop a lifelong relationship with their peers and learn how to lead others. These skills will always be beneficial in later life and in the workplace.
Extra-curricular activities also foster a sense of commitment to a cause or purpose which reduces selfish behaviour. These activities also help the children to express themselves freely and inculcate values of co-operation.
Co-curricular activities are the true and practical experience received by students. To a greater extent the theoretical knowledge gets strengthened when a relevant co-curricular activity is organised related to content taught in the classroom. Intellectual aspects of personality development are solely accomplished in classrooms with aesthetic development, character building, spiritual growth, physical growth, moral values, creativity etc. Frankness and clarity in language and personality are supported by these activities. It also guides students how to get organised and present themselves at an event, how to develop skills, how to co-operate and co-ordinate in different situation, which helps in building leadership qualities in them. Such activities get students out from behind their desk and make them try new things. We train our students with multiple fundamental skills so that they excel in life.