Co-curricular and extra curricular activities are an integral part of the curriculum which provide educational activities to the students and thereby help in broadening their experiences. Co-curricular activities can be defined as the activities that enhance and enrich the regular curriculum during the normal school hours. Whereas extra curricular activities are the activities that take place beyond the normal school hours wherein the students are encouraged to participate voluntarily in activities like NCC, athletics etc.
1.These activities are designed to meet the needs of the students and cover a broad / wide range of their abilities and talents.
2.Such activities stimulate the interests in the students and provide equal opportunity to all the students to participate.
3.These activities enhance the learning experience of the students and help in recognizing and developing their inner skills such as leadership qualities, creative or innovative skills etc.
4.Co-curricular and extra curricular activities give the students a chance to think out of their box and get creative ideas of their own with the help of a guide / facilitator.
5.These activities help the students in developing a richer learning experience by giving them a chance to think in new ways to solve a problem or answer a question.
6.Students need to take time outs to do more than just studying and co-curricular and extra curricular activities give them a chance to relax, refresh and mingle easily with others.
7.In short, these activities prepare the students practically for their future.
8.The normal curriculum teaches and educates the child about academic theories while co-curricular and extra curricular activities help the child to apply what he / she has learnt to practice in their practical life.
9.These activities help in developing the grasping power of the child and provide an opportunity to the students to work in teams and thus develop team spirit in them.
10.Most of the co-curricular and extra curricular activities are physically active and get the students out their desks to try out new things in a practical way.
Parents should be aware of the importance of co-curricular and extra curricular activities and they need to support their children in joining such activities. Parents should recognize the importance and positive aspects of co-curricular and extra curricular activities and insists the schools and colleges as well in providing these activities. In the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) schools one or two period a week is alloted in the time-table for CCA (co-curricular activities) and in some schools it is alloted as SUPW (socially useful productive work)period. But unfortunately, these days many of the corporate schools seldom allot such periods and literally they have become the grinding mills. They just aim for remaining on the top of the list and thereby advertise their schools' name for inviting more and more admissions. Its time for the parents to recognize the importance of co-curricular and extra curricular activities and encourage their children in participating in such productive activities which help in the overall development of the child.