Importance of Physical Education in school curricula

first_imgParticipation in physical activities is crucial for the holistic development of young people to nurture their physical, social and emotional health as well as intellectual side.When children are praised or criticized for their quality of work and intelligence more specifically, they develop a fixed theory of the concept “intelligence”. Hence, “Intelligence” then becomes something you either have or you work hard to get. This is the concept every child is striving to achieve.Consequently, the child’s development surrounds around its well-being, which mostly includes only theoretical topics till the age of 15 years as major part of their education.Physical education (PE) as an important part of overall child education and development has started getting the due importance in the contemporary world. However, earlier it was one of the highly ignored aspects in the context of overall development of a child. Having said the above, most certainly we all can further vouch for the fact that how sports inculcates qualities like leadership, discipline, sharing, team work, honesty, team spirit, tolerance and many more among its participants. However, we cannot vouch and say that every child in a school gets an opportunity to experience this.Realizing its importance many schools have woken up and started taking steps in the direction, with many already working with outsourced professional organizations to help deliver systematic PE & sports programs within the school hours of PE periods.One also notices an interesting shift in the mindset of parents, as now they have become more aware and understand the importance of a physically fit body. Also the realization of the ill effects of today’s lifestyle on their children has made parents become more involved in trying and keeping their children fit, they now encourage their children to take up some form of sports or physical activity along with their studies.advertisement A large number of schools have come up with initiatives where they not only provide the best sports infrastructure to encourage sports education among the young blood of the country but also provide systematic physical education programs by partnering professional companies with specialization in the field such as The Sports Gurukul (TSG).TSG is India’s first of its kind professional sports and fitness development and training organization promoting sports and physical education amongst children to enable them lead a healthy and active lifestyle through a structured and scientific researched K to 12 PE & Sports curriculum and programs specifically meant for schools.According to some research conducted by the TSG in schools over a long period of time, we can say that 70 percent of the school-going children do not get any exposure to any focused and planned physical education.Of the remaining children, only those with active inclination towards sports get to do a little more physical activity & sports.Children begin to develop an aversion towards sports when left out and this can only be solved if there is a structured program starting from the basic level of Junior KG and continues further integrating every child in the school.  If schools set, a dedicated sports & physical education program so that children are exposed to physical activity from young & tender age, we can ensure that a huge number of children will be able to appreciate and understand the importance of physical education. This would further help them in being active throughout their lives and will encourage active participation in all forms of sports.The statistics are alarming and unless there is a nationwide call for action, we will end up creating lop-sided educated children not in a position to conduct themselves in tomorrow’s competitive world. The answer to this solution starts from a school and it is time that schools wake up to this silent time bomb waiting to explode which may end up creating a generation of unfit future Indian citizens. Can we afford that?With inputs from Mr Jay Shah, Co-Founder & Director, The Sports Gurukul.last_img read more

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