Summer Special: Camps offer structured learning beyond walled classroom
Camps witness better learning outcomes as they are not built around walled classroom routines, reports Shivangi Mishra
With summer holidays round the corner, parents are sending their kids to camps to fill up their child’s summer calendar. While some parents want their wards to take a break from the hectic academic schedule, others are exploring an opportunity to give children a learning experience that the schools do not provide.
So does sending a child to a camp during the times s/he is supposed to have ‘fun’ put him/her under pressure? No, says Antonius Raghubansie, Head India Teaching and Cultural Centres, British Council India.
“Since camps are not built around classroom routines but are organised with aim of imparting knowledge while making it fun and interactive, students do not feel pressured,” says Raghubansie. It also allows for better learning outcomes and more creativity as students do not have to worry about getting a failing grade.
WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT
Summer camps are important for students so that they do not fall into a slump and continue with their learning. Even though it does not follow a school routine it does offer a structured opportunity for children to grow, says Raghubansie, adding that there has been an upward growth in the number of students who take up the British Council’s Summer programme to learn new age skills.
“21st century skills are critical to ensure success in today’s highly competitive academic and professional environment. These life skills will equip children to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups,” he says.
Also, since camps witness students from various cities and backgrounds they promote a lot of peer-learning. Summer camp is just another unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent and self-confident, while socialising and making new friends, and even learning new skills.
A child may never discover an interest in pottery or puppet making as it is not part of classroom learning. But summer camps allow the creative freedom to students to learn these, says Shikha Saxena, academic head, Cambridge Montessori Global School. The activities organised in camps focus on their holistic development. While parents may otherwise not like the idea of sending their child for football coaching, but they do not mind during summer vacations, says Munish Agarwal, founder of Blu Ocean Football Academy, Bhopal. “Sports is one of the best ways to learn teamwork, discipline and bonding. Camps ignite some passion among students and if they start performing they may take up sports regularly, which is good for building their profile while seeking admissions,” he says.
The Education Times