Grooming well-rounded, confident children
As part of activities to ensure that they groom well-rounded children, who are capable of contributing meaningfully to the development of society, many schools often organise extra curricular activities for their children.
Some of these programmes include visits to the zoo, museum, travelling to other countries, exchange programmes that enable students from different schools to interact, network and establish connections for future benefits.
There are also sporting activities, which encourage students to develop team spirit, while training their bodies for stamina and energy.
Some schools encourage their students to develop their sporting abilities as best they can, as this aspect of their lives could just be where their destiny lies.
There are also Family fun day, where parents interact with school staff and management alongside their children, who also get to join in the fun and socialise. The list is endless.
The end of year programme, where children usually treat their parents and other guests to delightful activities, such as drama, poetry, cultural dances, singing and choreography, among others, is another avenue to showcase children’s talents and provide them a platform to shine forth and discover hidden aspects of themselves.
Aside their classroom works, the children are thereby enabled to discover other aspects of themselves and unfold their abilities, while being prepared for the future.
While all these might seem trivial, psychologists and sociologists believe they are fundamental to how children turn out in future and whether they will be able to hold their own in society wherever they might find themselves in the world.
Commenting on this vital aspect of education, Mr. David Bamgbola, a counselor at Benchmark Intelligence Index, Maryland, Lagos, said both the parents and school should provide children opportunity to bring out their unique talents and be the best they are destined to be.
He said: “It’s a whole lot that goes into the making of a responsible, well-behaved and intelligent children. Indeed, it a whole package and all stakeholders should do the needful, by playing their roles adequately and effectively.
“It is not just about reading and coming first in class. Of course, it is important that children perform well in their studies by studying hard and preparing properly for tests and examinations. But there are also the other parts, which include the moral, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of life.
“A well groomed child is one that has been well grounded in all these various aspects. It is not an impossible task. It is just a matter of ensuring that all the stages are well utilised and the child exposed to necessary stimuli, which are capable of enabling him/her develop to the fullest. In the process, their self-esteem, which is crucial to how well they turn out, is also developed.”