By Bhaven Shah,
There is no argument that academic excellence is highly valued in most schools and colleges across India. Most of the curriculum and academic calendars of schools are geared towards ensuring maximum pass out ratios or maximum number of students securing top spots in the state or national level examinations. In order to meet their own expectations in this highly competitive academic context, parents often send their children for extra tuitions classes and other preparatory coaching institutes.
But, are our children getting a well-rounded education? Are we building confident, balanced individuals for tomorrow, who seek out and achieve the limits of their excellence?
There are, of course, a few selected schools and parents who are able to provide a well-rounded exposure to their kids in terms of learning new life skills, hands-on camps or workshops, competitive sports and activities geared towards experiential learning. But, for the majority of other students, life is fairly one dimensional with not many mechanisms to develop their individual personality or even avenues to cope with academic stress. In addition, the combination of stress and lifestyle choices today could leave our children more prone to health issues than possibly their previous generation. Rapid urbanization, proliferation of Internet and increased used of transport have caused global changes in physical activity. A third of the people across the world do not even meet the minimum daily requirement of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity.
Outdoor activities help kids stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. Besides, when they play with other kids outdoors, they learn to be more cordial and they try to work well in groups, which helps them develop qualities like leadership and co-operation. A simple change such as adding a 30-minute cycling or once a quarter trekking excursion can lead to positive impact on children. Such activities, along with a well-balanced nutrition diet, will assist in overall physical, emotional and social development in kids.
Every child and adult have their own view, and rightly so, of how they want to shape the future of today’s youth. No matter what their vision is, there is no denying that we all want our children to overcome challenges and achieve the pinnacle of their personal best. The best we can do to prepare our youth today is to make their body and mind fit to successfully run the marathon called life.
About the Author:
Bhaven is co-founder of Hundred Cubs, an outdoor lifestyle network. Hundred Cubs promotes physical activities in natural settings with focus on experiential learning and fitness. Hundred Cubs programs and online tools are geared towards personal development, team camaraderie and fitness focus. Prior to starting Hundred Cubs, Bhaven was a Deputy General Manager at WaterHealth International – India. In the past 15 years, Bhaven has held many management positions in the corporate sector primarily in the USA. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University, Indiana. Bhaven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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