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At Handmaids Girls’ Secondary School Abuja we firmly believe that for the overall development of a child, curriculum is not only the single criteria. The holistic growth as well as to develop the various facets of personality development of children; classroom teaching should be supplemented with co-curricular activities. These out of class activities affect all domains of life such as cognitive (intellectual), emotional, social, moral, cultural and aesthetic. Co-curricular activities meaning are more focused upon cognitive aspects thereby help in intellectual development. Competitiveness, excellence, quality achievements, creativeness and enthusiasm are few of the ethics of extra-curricular activities and also strengthen the meaning of co-curricular activities in school.

Co-curricular activities is defined as activities sponsored or recognized by a school or college which are not part of the academic curriculum but are acknowledged to be an essential part of the life of an educational institution. Co-curricular activities include sports, school bands, drawing and painting etc. They may also be classed as ‘Extracurricular’ i.e. activities carried on outside the regular course of study; activities outside the usual duties of a job, as extra class activities”

Co-curricular Activities Features

There are many characteristics of co-curricular activities, which directly or indirectly help the classroom teaching of students. Co-curricular activities supplement and complement the entire teaching-learning process and effectively impact student earning outcomes. It strengthens the classroom teaching and helps to clear the concept of topics. Extra-curricular activities give emphasize upon aesthetic as well as spiritual development, which are the essential components of education.  It helps in developing features like speech fluency and extempore. Such activities are good platform to excel in acting, singing, speaking, and recitation. Thus, CCA becomes the integral part of school’s curriculum and student’s life

Role of Co-curricular Activity in Student

To realize the all-round development of student, curricula should be amalgamated with co-curricular or extra-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities help in realization of aims and objectives of education. In the practical life, the students are able to express their ideas freely due to active participation in debate and extempore. Discussion also helps in generating ideas and inculcating values.

Games and Sports make them mentally and physically fit and sound. Games make them learn how to perform while losing or wining an event. Sometimes, classroom teaching becomes monotonous and routine. Here, co-curricular activities can bring pleasant and joyous experiences. 

Scope of Co-curricular Activities in School

Co-curricular activities not only make the students active and energetic but also enable to harness the in-depth potential of students. It enhances knowledge in many domains, which benefits the student as well as the school. Co-curricular activities are good platforms to secure your future both professionally and socially and promote leadership quality. It nurtures student’s ability in co-operation, co-ordination, organization and lead you toward leadership. Extra-curricular activities provide exposure to personality and helps in psychological and sociological transformation. Schools channelize the energy of students with the help of extra-curricular activities so that proper realization of student’s energy and potential can be ensued. 

Need for Co-curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are utmost needed to fulfill the aims and objectives of life. In co-curricular activities, students participate in various cultural programmes, which help them in socialization, self-identification and self-assessment. The participation in drama, play enables in developing balanced personality. People get acquainted with culture, customs, and activities of other places due to co-curricular activities such as field trips, tours and excursion. It inculcates the feelings of harmony, thus develop unity and togetherness in the society. In community work, students require to meet with many people and develop the capability of adjustment. Since, in many co-curricular activities, children have to perform in groups, and performing as a team develops the sense of belongingness. 

Co-curricular Activities Help Students

There are question which generally raised by students, parents, teachers and schools how co-curricular activities help in education There is a synergy between school education and extra-curricular activities. In fact, the very concept of co-curricular activities genuinely strengthens the base of curriculum. These activities enable children to share their emotions and strengthen the bond of friendship. In extra-curricular activities, creative works are given more importance, which facilitate skills and ideas of children. Adolescent stage is a period of turmoil and restless, where energy of children has to be tapped before its use in unproductive work. These are the activities which motivate students for learning and make their lesson enjoying.

Importance and Benefits of Co-curricular Activities

  1. Co-curricular activities stimulate playing, acting, singing, recitation, speaking and narrating in students.
  2. Activities like participation in game debates, music, drama, etc., help in achieving overall functioning of education.
  3. It enables the students to express themselves freely through debates.
  4. Games and Sports helps to be fit and energetic to the child.
  5. Helps to develop the spirit of healthy competition.
  6.  These activities guide students how to organize and present an activity, how to develop skills, how to co-operate and co-ordinate in different situations-all these helps in leadership qualities.
  7. It provides the avenues of socialization, self-identification and self-assessment when the child come in contact with organizers, fellow participants, teachers, people outside the school   during cultural activity.
  8. Inculcate the values to respects other’s view and feeling.
  9. It makes you perfect in decision making.
  10. It develop a sense of belongingness.
  11. CCA provide motivation for learning.
  12. CCA develop the values like physical, psychological, Ethical, academic, civic, social, aesthetic, cultural  recreational and disciplinary values

List of Outdoor Co-curricular Activities

  1. Badminton
  2. Volleyball
  3. Javelin and discus
  4. Table tennis
  5. Athletics
  6. Football
  7. Basketball
  8. Volleyball

List of Indoor Co-curricular Activities

  1. Music
  2. Drawing and painting
  3. Craft and museum
  4. Igbo Club
  5. Hausa Club
  6. Drama Club
  7. French Club
  8. Mathematics Club
  9. Business Club
  10. Choreography Club
  11. Home Makers Club
  12. Red Cross Club
  13. Road Safety Club
  14. Jet Club
  15. Cultural Club
  16. Gynasium Club
  17. Ballet Club
  18. Literary and Debating Club
  19. Girls Guide Club