Brian Lara Emphasises On Importance Of Sports In School Curriculum
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara feels all types of sports activities must be made an important part of the school curriculum so as to make the kids become more efficient in whatever responsibility they undertake. Lara himself is a keen sporting personality, having played in Trinidad and Tobago’s junior soccer and table tennis sides as a teenager before success with the bat convinced him to choose cricket as his career.
“Children need sports, even if they are inclined towards academics. Engaging in sports from a young age will ensure physical and mental well-being. Sports will equip kids with the necessary tools to face academic challenges, and provide all-round development,” in a brief chat with DNA on the sidelines of the Global Education and Skill Forum in Dubai on Sunday.
“The Global Citizen concept is an unique concept. It’s important that we unite as it will help resolve a number of issues in the world. Any positive process that brings us together is welcome.”
Global Education and Skill Forum aims at providing education and employment to all. Prominent names from various fields participate in the forum to discuss ideas about shaping new ways of education. Lara also had his suggestions and shared how the education system has changed over the years.
“Teachers across the world are doing all they can to ensure a good education is the top priority for children. When I dropped out of school, it was a different era. We have had more attentive and supportive parents and siblings.
“Things have changed. Social media has emerged as the key influencer for students. There are bigger distractions for children. I find that this generation of young people are battling loneliness. They need support and attention from teachers.”
Well, a chat with a cricketing behemoth cannot end without a discussion about the game. However, it turns out the 47-year-old has stopped following the game in recent times. When asked about his thoughts on the current Indian Cricket Team, his answer was blunt and surprising.
“I have stopped watching cricket. I prefer not to answer questions pertaining to the sport.”
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