All studies and no play could harm students

  • Schools must ensure sporting activities for overall development of children, say experts
- Dipesh Khatiwada

Mar 21, 2017-

Children who play games regularly in schools do not only become physically strong but also develop a healthy state of mind, which helps them excel in their studies. 

Students who play games regularly usually exhibit high self-confidence and develop leadership qualities, education experts say.

Games make a good learning environment for childrens. 

They expose students to teamwork and help them learn ways to deal with different situations. Sports also offers a very good platform for interaction. 

Sports teachers say sports education is very helpful in a student’s growth. 

Parents often tend to overlook the benefits of sports and hence force their children to focus more on textbooks, which is not an encouraging tendency, they say.

Subodh Acharya, a sports teacher at Abhiyan Public School, said students’ physical, social, emotional and cognitive development is based on the extracurricular activities they participate in. “If students have played competitive games in their childhood, they remember those games their whole lives. Games offer formative and life-long lessons and nobody forgets that. It’s the beauty and strength of sports,” said Acharya.

Of late, parents have started enrolling their daughters in self-defence courses so that they can defend themselves against any kind of attack. 

Ipsha Baral, a student, said she joined a self-defence class to learn ways to protect herself in difficult situations. “Only a limited number of female students play sports,” says Baral.

Neera Pradhan, principal of Trungram International Academy, said her school’s motto is “education and sports must go together”. “Students who take part in games become physically fit and mentally alert,” she said. “Our school has been organising interschool basketball competition on yearly basis. Five of the national basketball players are from our school,” said Pradhan.

Majority of schools in Kathmandu Valley have engaged their students in indoor games. 

Due to lack of space, many schools have not been able to engage their students in outdoor games. 

“If a student does well in sports, it is considered an achievement--as good as obtaining good grades--in foreign countries,” says Principal Subas Neupane of Apex Life School, adding that sports helps to channelise the energy of growing students. 

“The energy that students during their school days possess needs to be channelised properly to protect them from going astray. And games can be a very good way to do so. If schools drop their interscholastic sports programme, students may become passive and they may not be able to perform better,” said Neupane.

Experts said that physical education classes no longer mean forcing a student to climb a rope; it’s all about keeping children active and teaching them the importance of staying active. 

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents (ages 6-17) should get at least one hour of physical activity a day, with most of the activity focused around aerobics. 

Aayush Khadka, a student of Abhiyan School, says he gets tired after long hours of studies, so he plays football to rejuvenate himself. “I play football with friends in the school and my parents encourage me to do so. I am good at studies as well,” says Khadka. 

For growing children, different types of sports are very essential for healthy mind and body. 

Games help to inculcate disciplinary habit in children.  Sangita Aryal, a teacher at Anupam Vidya Sadan, said children are motivated to learn new things if teachers teach lessons practically.

Published: 21-03-2017 10:18

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