Panchkula 13th December, 2008: There is more to education than text books and exams. Besides intellectual skills, physical, social, emotional and behavioural skills also have to be developed for complete education. While our current system works towards strengthening the intellect, the other skills often take second place or are overlooked. In this scenario, Holistic Education takes on prime importance.
EduSports, the school sports division on SportzVillage, is conducting a series of seminars across the country to bring forth the importance of sports in Holistic Education. Eminent speakers from the fields of academics and sports will address the delegates, and present their views on the need for an integrated system of education. The role that sports can play in addressing developmental issues will be highlighted.
The seminar in Panchkula was held in Hotel KC Cross Road on December 13th 2008 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event is open to Schools Principals, School leaders and PE Teachers. Distinguished speakers such as Mr. Om Prakash, former Indian Volleyball captain and A K Kaushal, Director International Public School, Mr. Jagwant Singh, of SD College and Mr. Suhas Nair, Programme Director at EduSports were present at the seminar.
Sports can play a major role in helping develop the skills required for a successful life. In addition to ensuring that people remain healthy, sports can also foster life skills such as interpersonal skills, team spirit, social grace, etiquette, the right attitude, the ability to manage time and the ability to be self-motivated amongst many others.
However this cannot happen without a scientific and structured approach to delivering sports services in schools. There is need for a proper curriculum for sports and PE much the same as other subjects. In addition, parents and coaches need to be involved in a positive way so that children have fun while learning. In today’s world of outsourcing, it is probably worth considering outsourcing sports activities to a professional body.
Daffodils school in Bangalore have done just that. They have outsourced their sports programme to EduSports, and are happy overjoyed by the response shown by the students. As Mr. Chinnappa of Daddosils says "We partnered with EduSports to implement this programme as an experiment, and are extremely happy by the way our students are shaping up. They have learned a lot from this programme and we will definitely contiune with the programme". Meer Waqiruddin Khaleeq, Co-founder and COO of EduSports, is hopeful of spreading the cause of sports in holistic education. "We are looking forward to partnering with schools around the country in order to provide world class sports and learning experiences to all children" he said.