Education is a vital component of an individual’s development. It is responsible for the utilization of children’s raw potential and transforms them into rational, conscientious, and aware citizens capable of positively contributing to society. For the development of a country, we must ensure the best quality education system that pays adequate attention to practical knowledge than rote learning. Education not only embrace academics but also something beyond academics – Extracurricular Activities!
EXPLORING BEYOND DISCIPLINES
Extracurricular Activities (ECA) or cultural activities are activities, beyond academics, which students perform outside the classroom. ECAs comprise any activity in which an individual is actively and productively involved which are categorized into various segments – sports, arts, clubs, innovative programs, internships, developing their hobbies, etc. Extracurricular Activities commenced in India in the late 1940s in our educational system as an additional part of the normal academic schedule for the year. In due course of time, ECAs became a crucial part of academics. While there is no doubt that academic competition has soared high, it is also an unignorable fact that the focus on children’s growth in extracurricular activities has also increased.
According to a survey by Cambridge International’s Global Education Census (2018), it was proven that Indian students are the most active in the world when it comes to Extracurricular Activities, roughly around 72% of children. And only 11% of children in India are either not interested or not involved in any extracurricular activities. DRS International focus on the holistic development of a child by giving a special weightage to extracurricular activities in the school curriculum. They serve the same goals and functions as required and elective courses in the curriculum. Keeping this in view, we at DRSIS, mandated children to engage in any of the ECAs which are offered with academics.
Over the past few years, there has been a noteworthy transformation in the way people used to perceive education. The first effect that extracurricular activities have on education is behavior. Students participating in ECAs have reduced behavioral problems and in fact excelled many skills in terms of personality, physical and mental development. Between the ages of 9 and 17, are when kids learn to make their own decisions and control their behavior. DRS International offers a wide range of Extracurricular Activities by providing opportunities for students to discover their abilities and talents. Students choose an activity, from the comprehensive list of ECAs prescribed by the school, as per their own interests, passionate about, challenging, which make them stay motivated, enhance their skills, considering their own strength and areas of improvement, highly in demand in the real world and also which are not too complex that affect academics.
Our dynamic school culture thrives on creativity and collaboration. We recognize that effective learning does not always take place exclusively in the classroom. Each club and innovative program have its own attributes which makes the pathway for skill enhancement of the students.
Making emphasis on skill-based learning, Clubs, at DRS, form one of the most anticipated programmes, such as –
● Literary Club – to nurture the love for language and promote literary interests
● Visual Arts Club – starting points for creative exploration through paint, paper and sculptures
● Performing Arts Club – to nurture a love for active expression through dance, drama and theatre
● Music Club – provides voice coaching and opportunities to learn to play instruments
● Eco Sustainability Club – encourage students to conserve the environment through sustainable practices
● DRS Community & Humane Society – encouraging them to act on their responsibility towards the community at large
● Design and Technology Club – promotes learning of designing through tools of technology
● Cuisine Club – develops the love for cooking and culinary innovation in our students
● Interact Club – to develop leadership skills and foster a sense of social responsibility
● MUN Club – gives hands-on experience of simulating the proceedings of UNO
● TED-Ed Club – a platform for those who want to share great ideas for making a change!
We also offer a range of innovative programmes where students have opportunities, platforms, and spaces to make their voices heard through –
● Life Skills Program – adopting thinking, social and emotional skills
● Value Education Program – encourages students to adhere to a set of values that is appropriate to and best reflects the challenges over time
● Gender Sensitivity Program – works towards sensitizing the students about social-gender differences and enables them to empower themselves
● Student Exchange Program – provide cross-culture exposure and global perspective to students
● Sports Education Program – DRS with national and international size courts and sports infrastructure support different sports like swimming, basketball, football, volleyball, chess, handball, netball, karate, cricket, skating, lawn tennis, table tennis and recreational programs like gymnastics, yoga, exercise, aerobics and athletics.
● Community Program – involves in leading awareness campaigns, associates with NGOs, charities, and social workers, in order to develop the spirit of giving back to society!
● Drop Everything and Read Program (DEAR) – inspires a deep and enduring love for reading and literature that leaves a lasting imprint on their lives.
When a child has to manage academics and extracurricular activities together, they learn how to prioritize and manage two different things. By such proper balance between the two, they also develop management skills and become more responsible and disciplined in their approach. By participating in innovative programs, students can enhance their critical thinking, which also helps in improving their scores in academics. Studying all day can lead to a monotonous and exhaustive timetable for students and the streak of creativity cease to exist. In such a situation, adding ECAs to the timetable turns student’s life better comparatively. Students can learn lessons in terms of leadership, teamwork, social interaction, organization, analytical thinking, problem-solving, time management, etc. They revitalize the mind and body by active participation. ECAs at DRSIS can challenge our students to push their own boundaries and excel at an activity or skill.
In a highly competitive world, students face pressure to perform better and be all-rounders. Participating in different forums/clubs like debates, sports, arts, etc. are an essential part of student life. Here at DRS, extracurricular activities play a great role in shaping students’ perspectives and personalities, but academics are equally important. While academics are important, it is ECAs that will teach you lessons that transcend the four walls of a classroom. Our Clubs/Innovative Programs are conducted in school on a daily and weekly basis. We encourage students to maintain and achieve balanced and holistic development, encourage them to explore, and develop their personalities.
Students engaging in extracurricular activities helps them in creating long-lasting friendships, meeting students of different backgrounds, and gaining transferable skills. They also become one of the essential elements for graduation and further studies in globally ranked universities. It is worth bearing in mind that the ultimate goal of these activities is not to take up more of your child’s day but to help them become more a well-rounded person. The skills they build to enhance a child’s expertise, ingenuity and versatility to prepare them for their future is priceless and can ignite a passion and set them apart in the long run.