Taken with Taekwondo!

Development of martial arts in Matendla School has seen the rise and success of some of its girls at the State & National level. This year onwards, the school has added Taekwondo classes, in addition to its successful Karate program. Students of classes 2 to 10 put in practice before and after school. The new teacher has inspired several students to take to this sport enthusiastically. They hope that with rigorous training, they can continue to shine in the Sports arena, by making their presence felt at the State & National levels. Another feather in the schools’ cap to Educate, Engage & Empower its students!

Quizzing Buzz!

??????????????????????????????? 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!

Campaign for Composting

???????????????????????????????With the growing concern around usage of chemical fertilizers in agriculture & promotion of organic methods, the RDF teacher and student community is learning ways of organic and natural farming. High school students in Redlawada School initiated a project with their Science teacher to make ‘bio-compost’ using waste material. The objective is to learn to make bio compost and promote it in their local communities, so that farms decrease their usage of chemical fertilizers and adopt environmental friendly methods. Our children endorse healthy and eco friendly practices, so that local communities work towards a greener and healthier future!

Mentor Management

TMF teacher conducting a demo

TMF teacher conducting a demo

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.

Rewards of Recycling

Matendla School puts their old textbooks and notebooks to great use by recycling them. Some ways being used are reusing textbooks for 3-4 years, selling old notebooks as ‘scrap’ or recycling unused pages as new copies or rough sheets. There are multiple benefits to the children & school by adopting such eco friendly practices – the school includes the income from sale of used books into their new years budget – a small but sure step in their effort towards sustainable operations. Redistributing old textbooks & notebooks allows the school to save money, at the same time showing the student community a solid example of recycling, which is not only friendly on the pocket, but our environment too!.

Practical Realities

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.

RDF has worked hard in raising funds to create fully equipped Science Labs in its Junior College. Students are very proud to have full fledged labs to study Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. No stone has been left unturned in the endeavour to provide excellent learning facilities and infrastructure to students. Disadvantaged economically need not translate to disadvantaged educationally!

Project Play!

Students collecting soil samples from the neighbourhood

Students collecting soil samples from the neighbourhood

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.

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