Leveling Up Education: The Transformational Potential of Esports in Schools

03:20 PM | 7 Nov, 2023
Leveling Up Education: The Transformational Potential of Esports in Schools
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Asmad Bin Ali

In a world overwhelmingly shaped by technology and digital entertainment, Esports, or competitive video gaming, has emerged as a formidable cultural and economic powerhouse.

Esports is a short form of electronic sports, refers to competitive video gaming as a form of organized, multiplayer, and professional competition. It involves individuals or teams of players competing against each other in video games, often in a structured and regulated environment, with the goal of determining a winner. Esports transcends being just a mere pastime; it has blossomed into a thriving industry, a platform that hones diverse skills, and a vibrant community that unites people. The question that looms is whether esports should find its place within our educational institutions. This article delves into why esports should be integrated into school curricula, underscoring its myriad advantages for students.

Esports places a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, indispensable attributes for success in today's interconnected world. Whether strategizing in a game like "League of Legends" or orchestrating maneuvers in "Counter-Strike," students glean the significance of working harmoniously, effective communication, and mutual support.

Esports transcends mere button-mashing; it's a crucible for strategic thinking and problem-solving. To excel in games like "Dota 2" or "StarCraft," students must analyze scenarios, adapt to changing dynamics, and craft effective strategies—skills that are profoundly transferable to real-life situations.

Esports has the potential to stimulate cognitive abilities. Swift decision-making, spatial awareness, and hand-eye coordination are all rigorously tested during intense gaming sessions. These competencies are not only pivotal in gaming but also bear relevance in academics and a plethora of careers.  

It fosters a sense of belonging and community, especially for students who may not engage in conventional sports. This inclusive environment can boost self-esteem and social well-being. Esports isn't confined to playing video games alone; it encompasses casting, analysis, game development, and marketing. Integrating esports into schools can introduce students to potential career paths, rendering education more pertinent to their future aspirations. Esports is not merely about sitting in front of a screen. Professional esports athletes acknowledge the importance of physical fitness. Schools can leverage esports as a conduit to promote a healthier lifestyle, underscoring the need for regular exercise and a balanced diet to maintain optimal performance.

While the incorporation of Esports in schools offers numerous benefits, it also raises some concerns. These include the potential for addiction, excessive screen time, and the necessity for appropriate regulations to ensure that Esports remains an educational tool rather than a distraction. Esports is much more than just a game; it's a dynamic platform for personal growth and development. It cultivates teamwork, strategic thinking, cognitive skills, and a sense of community. Integrating Esports into school curricula can equip students for the ever-evolving digital landscape and equip them with invaluable skills. While challenges exist, a balanced approach that advocates responsible gaming can unleash the full potential of Esports as a valuable educational instrument. As the world evolves, education must keep pace, and Esports is an opportunity that educators should not overlook. It's time to elevate education by embracing the power of Esports.

The author is a student of Grade 9 at Aitchison College, Lahore.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies - Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 2 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45  77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold registers big fall in Pakistan; check today gold rates in Pakatan - 2 December 2023

The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 2 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Karachi PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Islamabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Peshawar PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Quetta PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sialkot PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Attock PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujranwala PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Jehlum PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Multan PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Bahawalpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujrat PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nawabshah PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Chakwal PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Hyderabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nowshehra PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sargodha PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Faisalabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Mirpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705


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