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The benefits of co-curricular activities
 
Co-curricular activities are carried out in school after the regular lessons of the day. It is compulsory for every student to join these activities. This ensures students receive a balanced education with an emphasis, not only on academic success, but also on mental, physical, social and emotional development through active participation in co-curricular activities.

The benefits of co-curricular activities are many. First and foremost, they provide the environment in which we can not only discover our hidden talents and skills, but also exercise and strengthen them effectively. For example, as president of a club, a student is responsible for the proper functioning of the club. He organizes activities and mobilizes the members to carry out these activities. In the process, he develops good leadership skills. As he sees the positive outcome of his leadership, his confidence will receive a boost. This will encourage him to move on to other successes even after he leaves school.

Another benefit of co-curricular activities is that it enhances social interaction. We learn to get along with students of different ages from other classes in the school. We learn to communicate effectively with them and to work together with them. As club members we learn how to give and take, and how to cooperate in order to achieve a common goal. We also learn that we cannot always have things our way but have to compromise for the sake of harmony. Thus, as we develop our communication skills we learn to work as a team for the good of the team and not just ourselves.

A third benefit of co-curricular activities is that we learn to use our time constructively. Many of us achieve very little in our free time and then complain of boredom. We have heard the saying `An idle mind is the devil's workshop'. If left on our own we might engage in negative activities with serious consequences. It is therefore important that we channel our energy towards constructive activities. Co-curricular activities provide a positive and safe environment where we are neither idle nor destructive. Consequently, we are prevented from wasting precious time. Participating in a sport, for example, entails regular practice. This would keep us out of mischief as we will not have the time to get involved in undesirable activities such as loitering and vandalism.

Last but not least, co-curricular activities teach us discipline and self-control. When meetings are held we have to be punctual. Even after the regular lessons of the day are over, we do not give in to tiredness but attend meetings and discussions. If tasks have to be completed for a specific purpose, we learn to complete them on time. Thus co-curricular activities provide a framework for us to appreciate the importance of discipline and self control.

In a nutshell, co-curricular activities are an essential part of the education curriculum. They ensure that our mental, physical and social needs are met. They provide us with opportunities to cultivate confidence and discipline. At the same time, we develop new skills and discover hidden talents. We learn the importance of time and how to use it constructively. Indeed, co-curricular activities are an indispensable part of school life because they build our confidence, train us to get along with others, and prepare us for later life.
     
mobilizes   organizes
     
loitering   loaf around aimlessly
     
cultivate   develop
     
 
 

 

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