How primary schooling contributes to the future building?
“By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Primary schooling is the foundation where children understand how dynamic the world they live in is. That is what Father of the nation has illuminated in one quote stating the significance of education, especially at a primary level.
Consequently, a child going to school not only learns to read, write or recite but becomes more interactive, active and analytical than the kids deprived of elementary education.
Being social is a joy
Man is indeed a social animal, so he enjoys being with people, be it a workplace or school. Thus, social interaction, communication and the environment influence a child’s personality.
Concerning the above, primary schooling is a pathway through which children get to know more about their interests, hobbies and non-academic activities in a rather more disciplined manner. Since primary schooling is a synonym for the foundation stone of success, it is not wise to take it for granted at any point in time.
Importance of elementary education
Primary schooling is the basic right of every child irrespective of his/her caste, creed, race, gender or social status. It ensures broad-based learning and helps in building a child’s character to a considerable extent. Therefore, the education imparted in primary schools contributes to the following developments.
While a child is at school, he not only becomes self-aware but learns to make a bond with other children. How to collaborate, help others and work in a team are the activities that come under a child’s social development.
Primary education enhances a child’s criteria of thinking, perceiving and grasping activities around him. He begins to think about what is right and what could be less profitable for him to a certain extent.
As cognitive skills involve psychological and neurodevelopment focusing on information processing, school premises is accountable for generating these skills.
The youth understands the need and necessity of continuous change, especially when it comes to a cultural dilemma.
Since primary schooling imparts the sense of right and wrong things, they prefer preserving rich cultural values while discarding the orthodox cultural commotions. This rationality begins to develop in children at the primary level only.
When kids get along or jell up with other students of their age, they develop self-control and express their feelings in front of mentors or teachers. Although the home is at first place for emotional development, school enhances it to a significant extent.
They listen and pays attention to what is said. Praying to god every morning in the assembly line is the best examples of obedience in children. Besides this, they feel pride in small achievements and expects praise from elders.
They try to maintain a positive self-image both at home as well as in school. Helping others and ask for the same when needed is an example of enhanced emotions.
These gestures truly express the emotional development in children going to school. Not only this, they learn to express their affection and respect towards others and get conscious regarding others’ feelings as well.
Which place can be better for physical development than a school playground equipped with swings all over? It is indeed pleasurable to see children laughing and jumping with school mates. Playing and climbing on swings make them stronger, happy and enthusiastic for new challenges of life.
Activities at primary school for children
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats
Elementary schools no more teach children in the way they did centuries ago. Back then, traditional schooling involved a blackboard, bench, a classroom and a teacher with a stick. However, modern teaching practices have transformed conventional methods of teaching.
Nowadays, junior schools follow those classroom strategies that enhance a child’s overall personality. Modern-day preschools ensure the overall development of the students through the following activities
Schools segregate children for sports according to their age groups. Children studying in elementary school can indulge in running, swimming, gymnastics, inline skating etc.
It is the school premises where children can experience various sports activities within a defined time limit. Playing sports enhances a child’s physical strength, concentration and spontaneity.
Outings or school trip
Change is essential for any human being on this planet, so why not children? Monotony in the regular school schedule reduces a child’s focus towards academic or non-academic activities.
So, outings act as a refreshment for the kids and make them more enthusiastic towards travelling, teamwork and interaction with other children.
Drawing, painting and craft are some of the art activities that children enjoy at school. Art sessions or competitions reveal the hidden talents and emotions of the children.
“You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” ~ Vince Gowmon
School is indeed an incredible platform for those talented kids who want to make their career in non-academic fields like drama, music, dance or singing. Primary school is again a stepping stone for these gifted kids. Here, children learn to face the audience and get rid of stage fear.
Nowadays, primary schools follow the extended academic curriculum. Olympiad exams conducted at the international level is one such example. Primary schools have become a platform that exposes their academically bright children to international competitions.
Education experts claim that fun learning enables children to remember things for longer. It enhances their understanding and grasp of the subject.
For instance, Video teaching, outdoor teaching, and cooperative strategies like teamwork develop critical thinking and communication. So, these are a few holistic approaches that augment a child’s attention towards learning.
Teachers’ role in inculcating values and discipline in children
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein
‘Teacher is equivalent to god’. This quote is more applicable to those who handle children of elementary school. It is not that easy to tackle kids who get cranky at any point in time.
Moulding the kids into obedient human beings who hardly understand or expresses their feelings is indeed a tough job. On top of that controlling at least 50 kids together needs skills, patience and passion for teaching.
Thus primary school teachers are often given training on how learning can be more joyful for junior school kids. Besides this, many schools often organise training programs and workshops on personality development strategies for these kids.
Children of primary level are way too curious and enthusiastic to know more and more about their surroundings. Their thirst for knowledge is never-ending, which makes them ask more and more questions from teachers.
So, teachers of junior classes are devoted to imparting knowledge to these kids with caution and utmost patience.
Primary kids are no less than the budded blossoms entering the competitive world full of new commotions. Some children understand the twists and turns of this pathway but, others need support to get through the same.
For instance, some kids are less active in sports, some lack enthusiasm for cultural activities, and some face academic problems.
There are cases where children hesitate in interacting with other children. To help children overcome these pitfalls, primary teachers pay a lot of attention. Thus, they act as a support system for the kids.
They analyse their difficulties and resolve them at the individual level.
A teacher plays a significant role in analysing a child’s weakness and strength in different aspects. Sometimes parents fail to understand why their child is not getting par with a particular subject.
Here, a teacher can assess a problem better than parents. She can implement strategies to help a child overcome his fears.
Teachers at primary school prepare the best curriculum for the kids to help them get a better grasp of the subject.
They make sure that the designed curriculum enables kids to receive a better understanding of the basics.
Primary schooling substantially contributes to the academic and other physical activities of children.
However, teachers at these schools play an essential role in developing obedience, humanity, discipline and punctuality in children.
Reports on significant aspects of primary schooling
“Anything you can teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children.” ~ Cathy James
School premises is a comprehensive biosphere where children get involved in various academic and non-academic activities. The following are necessary for their overall development.
- Classroom teaching enhances their knowledge
- Sports add to their physical development
- Cultural events improve their social and communication skills.
- Interacting with others inculcates team spirit in children
The sad truth of the Indian education system
Indeed, coordination, cooperation, analysis, rationality, enthusiasm and moral values are the consequences of attending school regularly. In the past three decades, many people have understood the importance of education in India. However, in rural areas, children have still deprived of primary education, especially girls.
Sadly in India, 70% of the population resides in rural areas. The majority of which doesn’t understand the importance of education.
Private versus government-aided schools
Though private schools in the cities have an improvised education system, government-aided schools in rural regions are way behind the former.
They lack infrastructure, teachers, technology and appropriate classrooms. Many primary schools in rural India don’t even have roofs, so benches are a far-fetched thing.
According to a Times of India report, India has approximately three times more schools than China, with no proper education.
Although schools are built near to every habitation in India, there is no implementation of correct education strategies. The report says that 4 lakh schools in India have less than 50 students with a maximum of two teachers.
How can a nation progress when there are so many flaws in the most significant aspect of development? Of course, the inadequacy of teaching staff is severely affecting the results and ultimately the progress of the nation.
This problem is more acute in the states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Jharkhand.
Time to take the action
It is highly ridiculous to know that there are surplus teachers in the urban areas while there is a lack of teachers in the areas where the need is more. When we analyse the whole situation carefully, the simple answer to this is ‘inconvenience’. Yes! Inconvenience for teachers and the students as well.
For attending schools, many teachers and children have to travel a long way. Students face difficulty in walking through long distances regularly. Similarly, teachers are deprived of transport and travel allowance as well.
Inconvenience in reaching to school
Another TOI report throws light on the fact that 61% of the male and 66.5% of girls students in rural areas travel on foot. If not by foot, they have to travel for hours through public transports like trams, train, ferries and busses which is exhausting to a certain extent.
Government must take steps to provide direct travelling facilities to school for students and teachers. A mid-day meal is an appreciable step by the government for the students. However, the administration must look forward to the travel allowances and convenience of the teachers.
When all the schools in our nation become fully functional and organised, the progress and development would not be restricted to urban areas. Some essential steps by the government are enough to bridge the gap between the personalities of urban and rural children.
Role of parents outside the school
“Our children should be properly introduced to the world in which they live.” ~ Thomas Berry
The school in which a child goes might be the most reputed in the town. However, parents must not ignore the fact that their child only spends one-fourth of the time in school. Since he spends maximum time at home, parents must keep an eye on his class works and home works.
Parents must be vigilant about following activities
- How is your child performing in academics?
- Is he or she interacting with other children?
- Is your child fearful of going to school?
- Have you noticed any difference in a child’s behaviour at school and home?
- Are they facing any problem in academic or non-academic activities?
- Is your child coping up to classroom teaching?
- You must ensure that he or she is safe from bullying or molestation
As discussed above, primary schooling is the doorway that enables your child to enter the dynamic world and experiences the versatility of the beings around. So, the duty of parents to end up enrolling children at school is not enough.
Make school a joyful place for children
Parents need to make school a joyful place where they can read, play and make friends. Keeping these factors in mind, parents need to attend parents’ teacher meetings all the time.
It helps in knowing where your child stands in the strength of fifty children in a class. Through Parents teacher meetings, parents can resolve phobias and behavioural problems in child right from the beginning.
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” ~ Friedrich Froebel
Parents must also encourage children to participate in extra-curricular activities at school. Academics creates monotony when carried for longer. So, extra-curricular activities press a refresh button and enhance interest in studies.
Parents must leav+e children open to every activity or event besides academics. It is advantageous for children in the following ways
“The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.” ~ Roald Dahl
Primary schooling creates an environment where your child can evolve every day. He or she gets familiar with the environment, where they have to learn and manage things alone. Primary schooling creates a sense of cooperation, coordination, rationality and discipline in children at an early age.
Since primary schools are the foundation stone of a child’s success, parents must also take of the child’s day to day activities at school. Here, children get to know various activities related to sports and academics, which is not possible at home.
The right to education imparts every child in the nation a golden chance to attend school. Though private sectors have made a lot of progress in the technology-based education system, government-aided schools in India are yet to make amendments.
They must employ more teachers in rural areas and provide travel allowance or transport facilities to them. Besides this, infrastructure and teaching standards also need transformation.
It is the standard of primary schooling that significantly decides how far a child will go in terms of education and success.