It is always heartening to see the self initiative and proactiveness of the school community to enhance the standards of education in the respective schools. Rollakal organizes regular quiz competitions every Saturday and awards prizes to successful candidates/groups in order to motivate them. The quizzes focus on academic subjects and General Knowledge too. The healthy competition and fun generated through quizzing has really inspired students, with most asking for them even more frequently! Learning happens automatically when it is fun!
RDF has spread its wings with a brand new partnership with Tech Mahindra Foundation to implement “School Based Quality Improvement Program” in TMF supported Govt. Mandal Parishad Primary School in Bahadurpally, Hyderabad. RDF, TMF and RVM ( Rajiv Vidya Mission) have signed an MOU to repair the school building, improve the ambience, operate and to impart quality education.
With a major objective of the proposed project being to achieve the RVM (SSA) objective of 100% compliance of RTE act in the areas of improvement in teaching & learning processes, enhancing child participation in extra & co-curricular activities, improving parent & community participation & improvement in school premises; RDF has been conducting rigorous training programs to build capacity to groom teachers as mentors.
Teachers from the 4 RDF schools and 1 TMF school participated in a 3 day program on Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), which is an integral part of the CBSE curriculum. Though RDF schools are SSC certified, understanding and applying CCE skills is a step towards teachers’ professional skill development and a scientific approach in the teaching-learning process.
Theoretical instruction is necessary when first grappling with new subjects and concepts. However, everyone is aware of the learning that comes with visual and kineaesthetic instruction i.e. Practicals. Science lends itself beautifully to understanding via practical instruction. Concepts that seem obscure theoretically, come alive when practiced in a lab or in nature. Urban schools come well equipped with Science apparatus, allowing students to experiment freely and hone their understanding. However, what is easily available in urban schools can be challenging in rural areas.
We all know how much fun play is! In school, real time projects allow for crucial hands on experience to be gained for students. The aim is not merely to ‘experiment’ as an academic activity per se, but to engage with the local environment and milieu, so that classroom and project learning can be applied to real life experiences. Only then can the learning become meaningful for students.
In Redlawada, students had precisely this opportunity when they decided to do a project on soil – understand types of soil locally, learn about their qualities, the kind of crops each type supports. They gained this knowledge not from their books, but through meeting parents and farmers. The project allowed them to understand good agricultural practices, without the use of fertilisers and optimization of soil. With many rural children wanting to move away from an agrarian lifestyle and seek jobs in bigger cities, we hope such project spark interest some students, which will encourage them take up agriculture.
There has been a thrust on understanding and learning English in RDF schools for the past 2 years. As a 2nd language, teaching it to non native speakers is an understandable challenge. However, schools have been proactive in seeking support and organizing upskilling sessions for themselves.
RDF Head Operations, Mrs. Subhashini Potluri, organized an English Training Program for all RDF schools. Rollakal School is the 3rd RDF school to begin the transition to English and have started with transitioning grades PP1 to Class 3. Therefore, Rollakal teachers had much to learn from the session. Understanding basic but crucial steps like preparing and planning for English classes in advance, understanding questioning techniques and their usage, with ample role play boosted their confidence and have left them feeling better prepared for English classes in the new academic year.
With such trainings, they are now self assured about teaching the language in their respective classes.