Importance of co-scholastic activities for children

In this debate, I want to discuss the importance of co-scholastic activities in schools. These activities are essential for overall development, but the school authorities should also focus upon motivating the students. The students should not feel overwhelmed due to these activities, but should build skills that are essential in day-to-day life.

Today, many schools focus upon extra-curricular activities to improve the overall personality of an individual and to promote their self-esteem. Some schools conduct music sessions, swimming classes, karate, judo, etc. Usually, in every private school, they teach games such as basketball, volleyball, dance, etc. The students can play such games if they desire. But, the school authorities force the students to perform these activities. So, does compulsion lead to self-development of an individual?

Importance of co-scholastic activities for children

A student becomes bookish if the schools focus upon academics only. The students do not inculcate other skills and hence do not become practical in life. When, the students learn to play games such as volleyball, football, basketball, they learn the techniques of throwing and catching the ball. Hence, they improve coordination and gross motor skills. When they are engaged in activities such as craft, drawing, painting, etc. they develop fine motor skills. Dancing also improves the gross motor activities of students. The students should be able to choose their favourite activities and the school authorities should not enforce these activities upon them. But, the school authorities should be holistic rather than being aggressive. The students should prove their proficiency in their activities. If a student is not able to judge his skills or interests, then the teachers should play a special role by judging their skills.

Points to be considered before when they are enforcing co-scholastic activities

Some school authorities force the students to participate in many activities and hence the students become anxious. They want to boost their esteem and invite delegates or VIPs for a special function and hence they force the students of the school to participate in certain activities. Some school principals or teachers instruct the students to wait after school hours. Sometimes, the principals or teachers even do not bother if the students can perform them. They force the students to join activities such as dance, music, or certain games. If the students are not performing well, then they even behave stringently towards them. The school authorities or teachers are unaware of the health condition of students. Some students are physically weaker and cannot perform vigorous workouts. Some students even may faint sometimes due to these rigorous workouts or may experience problems such as sprains. The teachers or principals may force the student to perform any activity, but the student may not be skilled to perform it. On the contrary, the student may perform other activities in a better way. But the student may be unnecessarily ridiculed by his classmates or teachers for not properly performing any activity. So, the students feel inferior as he is not able to perform an activity.


The school authorities should work for the welfare of students and should not boosting their self-esteem. They should motivate the students and try to uplift them. If they win the hearts of students, then they are respected by students and parents. They should introduce extra-circular activities to move the students away from their comfort zones.


Author: Dr. Sanchita Ranjan23 Nov 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Very nice article written by the author.
Children need mental development as well as physical development. For physical development, co-scholastic activities are necessary. These activities not only help in physical development but build skill also in children.
Co-scholastic activities include karate, swimming, basketball, volleyball, dance, music and so on. The teacher could know the children's area of interest through these activities. Oftentimes, children make their career in an interesting field due to co-scholastic activities.

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