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Junior Parliamentarians met and debated on the importance of co-curricular activities last week at the House of Parliament, highlighting the widely held view that these activities should be taken seriously in schools. Co-curriculum simply means any activities that fall outside the academics. There is a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities, be it sports, societies, part-time work, entrepreneurial schemes or voluntary work. The Junior Parly expressed that parents should recognise the value of these activities as part of their development in other words co-curricular, not extra-curricular. Engagement with non-academic pursuits is not only beneficial to student development, but is known to be highly valued by employers. It may seem like a small change, but by demonstrating to students that grown-ups view these activities as equally important to academic study, they encourage participation.

“Co-curricular activities are very important to the young people of today. They learn how to deal with the outside world, how to succeed in school work, and how to get along with other people. They also build students’ self-esteem, and build their confidence. In addition, these activities help keep students busy and out of trouble.

“Co curricular activities give students the ability to shape our lives to become better rounded individuals. It is important that these activities are always available in schools,” said the Junior Deputy Minister for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Takudzwa Buzuzi, from Royal College.

There was an increasing number of local students engaging with co-curricular and development strand activities, but need their parents’ support.

“These activities are very important because students need to know that if they work hard in their classes they can have enjoyable activities to go with them.

Co-curricular activities are also important because they teach values that might not be able to be learned in the classroom, such as team work and friendship.

It is very important for students of all ages to find outlets for themselves, both for their energy and their creativity.

Sports is only one such part of the equation. Another such part is clubs and other co-curricular activities,” said Junior MP for Mabvuku-Tafara, Thabani Dumi from Mabvuku High.

Students should not just be provided with the opportunities to achieve good academic results but actively promote the benefits of a wider curriculum for students, to prepare them to succeed in the many and varied roles they will undertake in future.

Source : The Herald

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