Parents often insist their child to
be study oriented and play less. The belief is that dedicating
greater time towards study will lead the child to a fruitful life. But parents
forget – “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
Every school encourages children to exhibit their talent in
the area of sports, drama, music, art,
science etc. But how many kids grab such opportunities? How are these kids
different from the ones who only study? Research from the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the National Research Council
(U.S.) shows that participation in extracurricular activities, sports and clubs
are key characteristics for evaluating student engagement and students’ sense
of belonging at school. This research also shows that both engagement and
belonging have a significant impact on students’ overall success
15 year old
always spent time studying yet was an average student. She lacked self-confidence.
Her family too remained ignorant. One day at school she was asked to read a
quote the next day in the prayer assembly. She practiced day in and day out. Yet,
ended being forgetful during her turn. Sandra was completely disappointed. But, this day changed her life. At the
conclusion of the prayer assembly Patricia the class monitor approached Sandra
and said “Practice before the mirror. This is what I do always. It helps to
build confidence”. Few days later approached the annual elocution competition.
Sandra volunteered to participate in the competition. Her brother helped her
prepare and she practiced well before the mirror as suggested by Patricia. To
her surprise, she presented well with a lot more confidence. However, she did
not bag any prize. Yet, a drastic improvement was noticed. The next year, she
again participated in the same annual elocution competition and took away the
first runner up award. This was just a small start. In the later years she won
various awards for her oratory skill and academically did extremely well. She
graduated with the tag of being the best outgoing student of the year from a
prestigious institution. What triggered Sandra’s confidence? A small act of
guidance by her friend Patricia or her own initiative to experience change and
move ahead? Well, that is a question that could be debated.
So dear students