By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
The exposition of school children to sports and other co-curricula activities should be encouraged before a school can claim to have given the children complete and functional education.
This assertion came from the Proprietress of Abbot Dayspring Schools, Ayobo, Lagos, Mrs. Bamidele Ayansiji while speaking during the schoolâ€™s fourth biennial inter-house sports competition while held on Wednesday last week.
She says: â€œWe hold inter-house sports competition in order to give our pupils and students complete education. The education of school children should not be limited to teaching and learning alone. Co-curricular activities should be actively promoted in schools so as to give children complete education. Parents should encourage their children to participate in sporting activities.â€
The chairman of the occasion, Pastor Timothy Nkeonye spoke in the same vein: â€œOur children should be allowed to partake in extra-curricula activities. Apart from being the veritable element for the childrenâ€™s mental alertness and physical build-up, sporting activities help to showcase our childrenâ€™s talents. In the not too distant future, they could become world class stars and household names to be reckoned with.â€
The importance which Mrs. Ayansiji attaches to sporting activities derive from her wealth of experience garnered during her long years of teaching at public schools which started in 1975.
â€œIn those days inter-house sports competition was common among schools and this has an effect on the way Abbot Schools are run. Our students have been partaking in various competitions both at the state and national levels. When I was teaching in the public school system, I was a member of disciplinary committee and this has helped me tremendously in handling both teachers and students. It also helps me in running the affairs of boarders in this school.â€
She further said that preparation for this yearâ€™s inter-house sports competition started in December last year, adding that this will be followed by serious academic activities.
According to Ayansiji, the school management consciously instills in their students the culture of reading in its pursuit of qualitative education, explaining that the students write their external examinations independently.
Twenty six schools, (both secondary and primary schools) were invited to the schoolâ€™s inter-house sports to participate in the various athletics, calisthenic/choreographic display, long jump and so forth.