Extracurricular Activities as an Effective Tool for Student Development 

The common mentality is that extracurricular activities have no important role to play in a student’s school life. These sentiments come from guardians who focus only on the test scores and project grades their kids got. However, most fail to see the lessons and development opportunities extracurricular activities offer.

Extracurricular activities and its role in student development

For schools like the Global Indian International School in Singapore (GIIS), part of their holistic education framework is providing students the means to apply all that they have learned. The school recognizes that doing research and projects alone will not suffice. This is why they have created various clubs and organizations which students can join to encourage them to collaborate with and learn from each other.

 

The school also knows that there are mounting pressures on students to perform exceptionally well on tests. So to counteract the stress that comes from their academic life, GIIS ensures that students are able to experience life outside of the four walls of the classroom.

 

This just goes to show that more and more schools find it necessary to provide engaging activities to students alongside giving them the best education they can get. There is nothing more discouraging to see than a zombified student body, given no opportunity to develop as human beings.

 

Extracurricular activities can range from sports, arts, or any interest topics students share. And as long as they have enough time to study, students can join as many groups as they want. But what do they get out of it?

Key benefits of extracurricular activities

 

Developing social skills

Students are encouraged to participate in group activities and work together in class, this much is true. But many of the social skills needed to become effective members of society are developed when they are outside of the classroom. They are able to collaborate with their peers while getting meaningful experiences.

 

They are taught the value of teamwork and proper communication through sports or interest clubs, they are also exposed to community work through outreach and vocational activities.

 

Improved academic performance and time management skills

They will also develop organization and time management skills pertinent in juggling different academic work and still perform in their extracurricular groups.

 

Boost in self esteem

Extracurricular activities can provide students with the training and platform so they can express themselves. This translates to more involvement in class discussions because they know the dynamics of what goes into debating or communicating their thoughts.

 

Sense of responsibility

Students are also trained to commit to a task they have been assigned to. But more than that, they will learn how to be responsible for the decisions that they make, have accountability, and to be efficient in carrying it through.

 

The best part about being involved in extracurricular activities is that students know what it is like to be both a follower and a leader. Experiences like that will humble them, and also encourage them to play an active role in society. Additionally, when students apply for university and list down all that they have achieved through their clubs and organizations, they will have an advantage over those who remained passive in school.

 

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