I am one of those students who believes that extra-curricular activities are as important as academics in a student's life.
You might wonder why ?
Well,I have experienced the benefits and seen results in my own life (I have been actively involved in all activities at school and college since Grade 7 and for almost 10 years so I know how my personality shaped and how it affects me today).
Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activities
According to me,Extra-Curricular Activities :
-helps an individual to connect to people from diverse backgrounds
-helps to find and apply for jobs of different types and this adds to the resume as well as improves quality of ones life,enriches it and makes it enjoyable and interesting (avoids boredom over a long period too !)
-gives a lot of options for study,research,creativity,collaboration and connect subjects and fields when an individual wants to be a life long learner and make an impact in the world
-continue to strive to be an all rounder and this helps people from different walks of life to connect to the individual.
In other words,they help and contribute towards making an Extra-Ordinary Career and Personality !
My 3 Main Ideas
I have 3 main ideas on going about organizing Extra-Curricular Activities/Program in an Educational Organization that are Simple,relatively Easy to Organize and Effective in the short and long term basis for
b)Small and Large Groups
They can be organized at an Intra- or an Inter- level.
They can be a part of the school/college timing or before/after school or college or during weekends.
First Idea-Club Concept
According to this Club concept,the students from Grade 6 onwards may be allowed to be a part of the Clubs they are interested in.
They can be held weekly.
Examples of Clubs:
-Sports (Karate,Baseball,Basketball,Cricket,Soccer,Tennis,Hiking,Cycling,Gymnastics,Hockey,Golf,Skiing,Skate board,Swimming,Yoga,Scouts etc.)
-Arts (Drawing,Painting,Cartooning,Pottery,Ceramics,Fashion Design,Graphic Design,Jewelry making,Sculpture,Photography,Sewing,Weaving,Woodworking,Ice Sculpturing,Quilling,Gardening etc.)
-Volunteer (Community and Environmental Groups)-MANDATORY
Community (Elderly,Kids,Differently abled,Drug rehabs,Prisoners,Diseases etc.)
Environmental (Nature,Animals, etc.)
-Travel (with a Guide and get knowledge about History,Architecture,Geography, Sociology and other aspects for the local/national/international places)
-Technology (Blogging,Websites planning or designing,Animation,YouTube etc.)
-Speech (Debate,Mock UN,Panel Discussions,Elocution etc.)
-Performance (Comedy,Miming,Puppetry,Theater,Poetry,Ballet etc)
-Music (Concerts,Singing,Marching,Playing Different instruments)
-Media (Radio,Magazine,Journalism,TV channel,Websites,Movie etc.)
-Language (UN languages atleast and in addition to that any other local/national languages)
These can be:
a)Regular meaning held every week throughout the year or
b)Season/Session based meaning held for a few months each year.
All these clubs can be held and organized at the same time (simultaneously) or for some specified time as per the convenience of the authorities/students and the people or places or system involved.
It is however better to do sessions and then assess students through Intra or Inter Projects or Competitions through Houses (see second concept below) or with other clubs at other schools/colleges/clubs/organizations.
The clubs can be held in the campus sometimes and some other times outside at different venues (for change and more facilities.)
Second Idea-House Concept
According to this House concept,the students from Grade 6 onwards can be divided into 6-8 houses or big groups (names of famous personalities or colors or any other concept can be given to them). Each class,section or department has students from all the 6-8 houses in them.
Selection for houses can be according to admissions/roll numbers/register (numbers serially or alphabetical etc).
Activities can be monthly or half-yearly or yearly.
What kind of Activities ?
-Club Activities can be assessed during this time.
-Competitions and Project can be done as individuals or in teams,at Intra or Inter level,within the same organization or with others.
Slogan writing,Collage,Poster,Awareness,Speech,Creative Writing,Sports, Exhibitions,Model making, etc.
-These Activities can be used for assessment or to collaborate with other companies or websites for bigger projects or to generate employment.
Third Idea-Random Classes Concept
According to this Random Classes concept,the classes or clubs either listed under my first idea or other topics/fields can be organized and led by students but supervised and guided by the professors or experts.
This is keeping in mind that a professor from a certain department say,Science could be interested in painting or photography or dance and that interest may be useful to the students because he/she will be exploring and working with someone older/more experienced and thus fresh amateur talent does wonders with experienced talent.
Benefits of these Random Classes:
-This way new subjects and topics can be discovered and researched upon.
-Students get to lead and research.
-Professors and students work closely on something other than the "academics" and create something new. This could eventually in the longer run be made as a new curriculum and a new course can be started at the campus.
-This will help create a lot of inter-disciplinary subjects,fields and moreover content. Because say if a Science professor has interest in non-Science subjects and works with some other department students then there are chances of a lot of new ideas and research emerging.