Importance of Extracurricular Activities for Students
Extracurricular activities at school are the activities in which a student participates in and outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities include clubs, sports teams, creative arts, and voluntary social work.
However, due to the excessive focus on academics in our education system, the importance of extracurricular activities gets overlooked. But these exercises are essential for the holistic development of a child.
Here are the reasons why you should encourage your child to participate in these activities: –
Nurtures children to become Socially Sensitive Individuals
‘Unity in Diversity’ is our national motto. The sheer cultural wealth of India, to this day and age, astounds travellers from all over the world. We are a nation of different languages, traditions and lifestyles. When students from various demographics assemble to study together, it is vital that they are provided with an environment that is free from prejudices and stereotypes. Extracurricular activities are essentially icebreakers, which encourage students across the spectrum to break the barriers and engage with each other.
By participating in creative arts, dramatics, public speaking, team sports and other extracurricular activities along-side, children coming from different backgrounds learn about the beauty of diversity while learning to respect the sensitivities of other religions, regions, and cultures. This also leads to the formation of potential life-long friendships and camaraderie.
Cultivates Social Skills
While going through their teenage years, students need active social skill development in order to be successful in both personal and professional spheres of life. Getting involved in activities that encourage them to speak publicly (anchoring, participating in debates, etc.) will enormously boost their self-confidence. It also helps them discover their inner calling and connect with people who share similar passions.
Moreover, nowadays, excellent social skills are an elementary requirement for most professional jobs that deal with interpersonal contact. Therefore, we can safely assume that participation in these activities will reflect well on a résumé in the future as well.
Helps in Busting Academic Stress
Extracurricular activities are also an excellent way to bust the academic stress. With the competition for academic perfection increasing with each passing year, students need something to take their mind off and relax. Extracurricular activities can help them bring back the focus they need in their academic and personal lives as well. Also, by participating in these activities, a student gains another essential life skill – effective time management.
Propagates Life Skills for Career Progression
Success in professional life depends not only on a person’s academic knowledge but also on his or her practical experiences in the world. Skills like leadership, teamwork, and an unwavering moral fibre can never be taught inside a classroom. Extracurricular activities expose students to things that are not a part of the book learning process, thus giving them a chance to learn from practical experiences.
At DPSG Sushant Lok, we are committed to the holistic development of our wards. Our faculty focuses on both the mandated CBSE school syllabus and extracurricular activities to provide an opportunity for all our pupils to explore their interests and enable robust personality development.