In disadvantaged environments, schools and churches remain the permanent institutions that help children with their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual growth and health, year after year. In Masiphumelele, MasiSports works through the local schools creating a growth environment and help extend the capacity of coaches and educators. We believe that the combination of life skills, education and sport will enable children to live their lives to the happiest and fullest.
Ukhanyo Primary School with MasiSports, and our partner NGO, Masicorp, CoolPlay, BenBikes, Quebeka, PedalPower, Claremont Rotary together to provide a holistic education. A recent article published by the Compass Group was a fascinating read! It allowed us at MasiSports to explore the mechanisms that we actually use, in a different way.
The article states that according to psychologists, there are four types of Intelligence:1) Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
2) Emotional Quotient (EQ)
3) Social Quotient (SQ)
4) Adversity Quotient (AQ)
All these Quotients can be improved by a variety of experiences.
IQ can be further developed in the classroom and by practical learning experiences outside. Research shows that IQ can be also increased by activities like playing chess or the guitar. Other ways suggested by experts are seeking new experiences, challenging yourself, doing things the hard way and thinking creatively. Makes you think!
EQ, SQ and AQ are strengthened by family mentoring, spiritual realisation and by the full experiences of life including sports and passionate pursuits. For example, the personal emotion of handling adversity after a humiliating defeat or missing a tackle and letting down the team forces a child to improve their AQ. Teamwork improves their SQ.
Sport transcends all these types of intelligence, as does music, art and dance is fun and expressive! A fun experience is often the best environment for full learning. Personal physical experiences also promote the understanding of the child’s own strengths and possibilities, previously untested. What can be more important?
We believe in the trilogy of sport, education and life skills. Come to Ukhanyo Primary School and see your yourself. Visit our website and request a visit.
The article concludes:
“Parents please expose your children to other areas of life than just Academics. They should adore manual labour (never use work as a form of punishment), sports and arts.
Develop their IQ, as well as their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of their parents.
Finally, do not prepare the road for your children. Prepare your children for the road.”
P.S. The rest of the Compass Group article is below:
1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): this is the measure of your level of comprehension. You need IQ to solve maths, memorize things, and recall lessons.
2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): this is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others, keep to time, be responsible, be honest, respect boundaries, be humble, genuine and considerate.
3. Social Quotient (SQ): this is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.
People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go further in life than those with a high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize on improving IQ levels while EQ and SQ are played down.
Your EQ represents your Character, while your SQ represents your Charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs, especially your EQ and SQ.
Now there is a 4th one, a new paradigm:
4. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life and come out of it without losing your mind.
When faced with troubles, AQ determines who will give up, who will abandon their family, and who will consider suicide.