Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Activities

AS of this writing, UNP Candon continues to savor the freshly won (regained) overall-championship in the recently held 2007 Intercolors at UNP Vigan City. It has been several years ago that UNP Candon keeps on tailing other academic units in Vigan. It was really a sorry state of preparation and performance displayed by our athletes.

But now, UNP Candon stands tall and proud again! Unbeatable? Of course not.

The last time UNP Candon snatched the grandest glory in sports was in 2002. The Grand Slam award was for the first time conferred to the biggest campus of UNP. What a magnificent performance and skill shown by the athletes of UNP Candon to have won four successive championships!

These two statements, in easy look, would suggest the active involvement of the students in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

As you see, the fourth goal of  UNP Candon runs this way:

Involvement of students in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities geared towards strengthening of their holistic development.

Holistic development. It’s a very encompassing word. In shorter terms, it is the totality. Sum. Whole.

As our University motto explains, the development of the students enrolled in our campus is not focused only on their academic and managerial skills (cognitive). Equally important to be developed are their interpersonal and social skills (affective) and motor and creative competencies (psycho-motor).  

Hence, we as one unified academic community, work for development of the students’ head (mens), heart (cor) and hands( manus).

Simply stated, we have the 3 H. Honesty, humility and hard work.

Let’s try to differentiate co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. In some respects, they are synonymous, but different in context and concern.

Extra-curricular activities  are activities performed by students that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education.

    On the other hand, co-curricular activities do have some aspects that are outside the normal school day but are mainly curricular activities that happen during normal class time

With this to clear-cut definitions, extracurricular activities should not be confused with co-curricular activities.

However, in parallelism, both endeavor to equip the students the necessary skills, competencies for their well-rounded education.

May we see where do you classify the following.

 Band and choir. Sporting teams. Clubs like Math Club, Science Club. Religious activities. Student newspapers & yearbook editing. Honor society. Student government. Political science organizations. Internships and other school sponsored work programs. Athletics.

Usually, there are more activities conducted during the first semester than the second semester. Perhaps, this could be the reason why many more students enroll during the first term and ‘hibernate’ during the second term.

To conclude, the students prefer academic schooling laced with extra and co-curricular activities. They know its utmost importance to their lives. Pity those schools that don’t provide their students the other experiences necessary for their personality and development.

Kudos to UNP Candon, in particular, for offering such rare opportunity to the students. Really, this campus is a training ground for various competencies.