Additional education is a way not only to reveal the potential of the child outside of school, but also to know his strengths and weaknesses. Parents see extracurricular activities as a way to unleash their children's talents, and the state as a financial benefit. And what are the features of additional education abroad?
- As for other countries in the world? For example, in Singapore, additional classes are referred to as school, they are included in the compulsory curriculum. Due to this approach, each student is entitled to one additional course. If parents believe that the child needs a more versatile education, you will have to pay extra for a larger load.
In Sweden, education is positioned as paid. Therefore, a child's visit to any club in his free time for parents will cost an average of about 650 kroons per month. By the way, if both parents work, that there is an opportunity to be exempt from paying for the child's extracurricular activities.
In the USA , the state took care of additional education a little differently. Here, all secondary schools are obliged to provide children with additional courses free of charge. Usually these can be sports sections that are attended by children from average or low-income families.
In the rest of the world, additional classes in public institutions are either free or partially free (some costs are covered by parents).
The variety of services and the degree of their obligation
Extracurricular activities in each country play a role in the upbringing and development of the child. It all depends on the policy of the state itself. In Singapore, extracurricular activities are learning, meaning the child continues to learn and explore the world outside the classroom.
In Sweden, on the contrary, additional classes are a kind of break from studying. Here, children receive vivid emotions, develop and explore the world through entertainment leisure.
In general, classes outside of school lessons are not compulsory. Each parent decides for himself whether the child needs a load or not.
Interestingly, in Spain there is a slightly different form of education – it is called compensatory. Such a system of educational direction of education is mandatory for problem children, for the adaptation of immigrants in the country.
As for diversity, here we can safely talk about the similarity of all countries. First of all, extracurricular activities are aimed at the socialization of children and the development of their critical thinking.
Especially popular in all countries of the world are gaining sports sections. This is pronounced in the US, UK and Australia. In Singapore, on the contrary, sport is inferior to creative areas of development: music or a higher school of art.
And Spain is paving the main path of additional education towards the study of the languages of the world. The government has even developed a program to support families where children learn foreign languages.
Main challenges facing States
The main problem of implementing high-quality additional education is control over implementation. Here, not only the financing of free time clubs suffers, but also the pricing policy, the very quality of education, since there is no unified evaluation system.
Also, there are no specifically thought-out requirements for teachers. In some countries of the world, there are no elementary conditions for conducting pedagogical activities. For example, in Sweden, anyone can conduct a music lesson, regardless of whether he has a diploma of pedagogical education or not.
And in the US or Australia, some sections are led by the parents themselves! Would you agree?