Education: manifestation of perfection

“Education is to edit the experience and knowledge that nurture our existence with every progressive push.” - Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra

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Life is full of activities. All activities of human beings have certain purposes. Education is an important living activity of human being. This living activity is certainly directed towards attainment of certain goals of life. The aim of education is all-round development of the child; physical, mental, social, and spiritual.

For harmonious and well-balanced personality development of a child, in addition to the syllabus, the other activities play strategic role. Therefore, extracurricular activities are to be given importance like curricular activities – an integral part of the total curriculum.

According to Swamy Vivekananda, real education, is that which enables one to stand on one’s own legs. Education as he says is the manifestation of perfection. On the other hand, the essence of education is concentration of mind but not accumulation of facts. In order to attain freedom and Mukti, he suggested four-fold path, i.e. work, worship, contemplation, and knowledge. According to Bhagavat Gita these paths are named as Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Raja yoga and Gyan yoga. In order to attain salvation, a man can pursue any one or many according to his background and temperament.

Education to be productive and effective, to enhance the horizon of knowledge one has to be concentric. Great stress has been laid on the conduct and character of parents and teachers because youngsters unconsciously and involuntarily imbibe what they actually practice in daily life and not what they teach. Follow the wise and have wisdom.

A person with minimum educational qualification and proficiency in cocurricular and extra-curricular activities will beautify the life with happiness.

India is wedded to democratic ideals. Hence education should aim at producing well balanced and well-adjusted individuals who can contribute to the “Total well-being” by effective and intelligent participation in all the social and national activities.

Different types of co-curricular and extracurricular activities

  • Physical activities like athletics, games, sports, mass drill, driving, cycling, swimming, boating, gardening, asanas, pranayama, karate judo etc.
  • Literary activities like publication of school magazine, wall magazine, bulletin board, debates, story, essay and poem writing, newspaper reading etc.
  • Social service like NCC, SCOUTS and guides to give services during natural calamities like flood, fire, famine, earthquakes etc.
  • Civic training like student’s cooperative store, student council, celebrating festivals, forming student self-government.
  • Hobbies like gardening, philately, photography, candle making, toy making, cooking, clay modelling etc.
  • Cultural activities like drawing, painting, music, dancing etc.
  • Excursion activities like picnics, historical trips, visit to zoo, mela, exhibition, museum etc.
  • Other activities like health clubs, eco-clubs, environmental sanitation, literacy campaign etc.

Advantages of co-curricular and extracurricular activities

  • Teamwork, social work, sacrificing individual interest for society, selflessness, etc. will be learnt by students through various co-curricular activities.
  • Charitable nature develops during the period of adolescence, children want to behave socially. In order to channelize the extra energy generated during the period, co-curricular activities provide socially desirable healthy outlet.
  • Participation in activities make the students disciplined. Students get themselves engaged in variety works. They are provided ample opportunities to choose the suitable ones as per their interest, ability and aptitude.
  • The co-curricular activities promote creative power and leadership quality of children.
  • It supplements the academic work by participating in literary activities, writing articles to magazine. organizing excursions etc.
  • It can play a vital role if organised with true spirit among children and helps in developing secularism.

Harmonious and well-balanced personality development of a child, in addition to the syllabus, the other activities play strategic role. Therefore, extracurricular activities are to be given importance like curricular activities – an integral part of the total curriculum.

Organisation of co-curricular and extracurricular activities

While organising different cocurricular activities, the teacher and head of the organisation has to take certain things into consideration to make the programme a success. These include:

  • Different co-curricular activities, as far as practicable, should be organised during school time so that each can get due scope to take part in the activities.
  • Maintenance of cumulative records is essential in order to make the students interested to take part in co-curricular activities. Even students should be awarded special merit certificates and prizes for their good performances.
  • Many schools may not meet the excess funds required for the purpose. Activities should be organised as per the principle of maximum utilisation of the resources both material and human availability in the school.
  • Activities should be started simply, it should be expanded and developed gradually.
  • In order to make a programme successful, once the activity is initiated and started, it is to be seen that it should not die in middle.
  • The local community should be involved at the time of organising school exhibition, prize-day celebration, annual functions, sports etc.
  • The teacher, who is in charge of a particular cocurricular activity, should be rewarded either with allotment of less periods or in the form of extra-payment.

India is wedded to democratic ideals. Hence education should aim at producing well balanced and well-adjusted individuals who can contribute to the “Total well-being” by effective and intelligent participation in all the social and national activities.

Prasanti Shadangi, M.Sc. (Life science), B.Ed. has 14 years of experience in teaching domain. She is presently working as a Science Teacher in Jindal Vidya Mandir, JSW Township, Ballari District.