When I was attending school, many years ago, It was compulsory
for every learner to be involved in an extra mural activity.
I was always a child who loved extra mural programs in school;
I thoroughly enjoyed different programs throughout my school career.
It is known that most of our memories made in school are
outside the classroom.
There are many benefits for children who are involved in
extra mural programs.
Here are some reasons why extra mural activities are
important for your child.
Most extra mural activities in school are usually performed outdoors.
Letting your child be exposed outside in the sun helps children absorb vitamin D
which will help your child’s immune system and bone development.
When children get to perform activities outside the
classroom particular in High school, this helps your child to become more
social. Some extra mural activities such as sport are very interactive and
people orientated. There are also many chances that your child will be in an
environment of interacting with other children he/she may not know. This
teaches your child to open up and to become more social.
Most extra mural activities in schools are various sports
such as; soccer, netball, hockey, swimming, tennis, Athletes and rugby. All
these sports help children get their daily exercise to live a healthy
lifestyle. Exercise for children is very important as it lowers the chance of
lifestyle diseases faced amongst children such as obesity.
Improving confidence and self esteem
Extra mural activities can help boost your child’s
confidence and self esteem. This happens when a child is encouraged by their
parents or guardians and through winning sport games and compliments. Constructive
criticism also helps a child in the long-term to constantly improve themselves.