Need for co-scholastics in education
Every parent wants their child to study well and excel in academics. But how many actually give importance to the other side of schooling, which involves no “studying” as such? Yes, we’re talking about co-scholastic activities, those that happen in a world outside books.
What are co-scholastic activities?
Co-scholastic refers to those activities and learning experiences that help build life skills, creativity, and values that cannot be taught from academic courses. These activities may be a part of the curriculum itself (co-curriculum activities) or go beyond the scope of the school’s curriculum (extra-curricular activities)
These activities help shape students to become better individuals. A student gains only bookish knowledge if they focus on academics alone. They do not inculcate other skills, which are more practical in life. Playing team sports helps build teamwork and coordination apart from providing valuable exercise. Taking part in arts, crafts, writing, etc. encourages students to explore the boundaries of their creativity. These skills cannot be taught from books but must be learned from experience. Sure, we can teach them how to draw or play a certain game, but we cannot teach them how to be creative or be team players. This is why such activities are of utmost importance in a child’s education.
Types of co-scholastic activities
Co-scholastic activities include those that:
- Build Life Skills such as Thinking Skills, Social Skills, Emotional Skills, Attitude, and Values.
- Develop skills in Work Education such as Cookery Skills, Photography, etc.
- Build skills in Visual and Performing Arts such as Music, Dance, Drama, Drawing, Painting, etc.
- Develop Health and Physical Education such as Sports and Yoga.
Importance of co-scholastic activities
Co-scholastic activities provide students with a platform to explore different tasks and in the process identify their skills and latent talents. The new skills they learn stay with them throughout their lifetime and can even form the basis of their hobby or passion in life. These values remain invaluable once they grow up.
By participating in different activities, they build essential life skills. Taking part in writing, painting, drama, dance, and other creative ventures encourages creativity. Participating in team sports such as football teaches students the importance of teamwork and coordination. It also broadens their social skills as they make new friends and become more comfortable being part of groups. Games like chess improve mental fortitude and critical thinking skills. As they keep learning and improving, it helps them gain confidence in their abilities and builds a sense of commitment.
As students participate in additional activities, they learn time management and organizational skills, which helps them in their academics. This helps them make better study schedules and manage their time in exams. All this also provides them with a necessary break from their daily routines and helps keep them fresh while having fun.
Co-scholastic activities play a significant role in the overall development of students. It helps students build a diverse set of skills and enables them to make the most of their potential. They also act as leisure and provide a welcome break from textbooks and academics while developing invaluable skills. This is why co-scholastics will always remain an integral part of schooling.