Intermediate Results Declared

At RDF, we have seen the children grow from happy to go lucky tiny tots in LKG to mature, responsible students by the time they are in high school. Once the enter Junior College, their lives are full of classes, labs, preparation for entrance exams and the like. The teachers too have their hands full with mentoring and caring for the needs of the students – answering their questions, allaying their fears and anxieties – all aimed towards helping them feel confident as they sit their final school examination – the SSC Intermediate Year 2 exam.

We are pleased to announce that the 2015-16 batch had a 100% pass percentage in the exams, the results for which were declared earlier this month.

Not only did the students perform well overall, they secured good divisional ranks too, which has made them a happy lot!

The toppers are –

MPC-II: B. Venkateshwarlu 963/1000, K. Jayesh 962/1000, A. Madhukar 954/1000

BPC-II: G. Likhitha 945/1000, R. Bindhu 922/1000, G. Vasu 908/1000

CEC-II: D. Omprakash 916/1000, J. Sreeja 876/1000

Rather than tell you what we did to help the students, we thought it would be better for some of our students to share their own experiences directly with our readers.

B. Venkateshwarlu, MPC-II

B. Venkateshwarlu, MPC-II

“My native place is Kotha Thanda near Kalleda village .I belong to Schedule Tribes . My mother and father are daily wage labourers. We live in a small hut. I secured 9.8 GPA in Class 10 SSC Exams. On merit basis, I got free education as a boarder in the RDF Junior College. APJ Abdul Kalam is my inspirational person. My ambition is to become an aeronautical engineer. I liked my time at the Junior College very much because every lecturer showed care to individual students and motivated well.”

K. Jayesh, MPC-II

K. Jayesh, MPC-II

“I hail from Ammapuram village, Thorrur Mandal. I am inspired by Swamy Vivekananda’s teachings.  I read many books about the life histories of inspirational people like Mahatma Gandhi and Swamy Vivekananda. My ambition is to be a civil engineer. I want to serve the society honestly as “Service to humanity is service to God”. I feel proud as an RDF student.  I found the the right place to study at the RDF Junior College as I resonated with its service values of ‘Educate, Engage and Empower’.”

G. Likitha, BPC-II

G. Likitha, BPC-II

“Like all students in RDF institutions, I too hail from a small village – my native place is Choutapally Mandal in Parvathagiri, Warangal district. My father is a tailor and my mother is a house wife .My parents, grandparents and teachers encouraged me a lot to get work hard, study well and do the very best that I can. I was always motivated by this and wanted to get the highest marks. My ambition is to become a doctor. I want to give free treatment to the poor and needy people. I liked this college very much as it gave me confidence in my abilities.”

D. Omprakash, CEC-II

D. Omprakash, CEC-II

“I am from Parvathagiri. Hailing from a small village, I was determined to attend college regularly – my attendance percentage was 95% and I regard this as my secret to secure to good marks. I studied hard, paid attention in all my classes and learnt many things in these two years. I developed good computer skills while in colleged and also developed communication skills in English. My ambition is to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) in a reputed company.”

The Language of Learning

The RDF and Tech Mahindra Team have been hard at work to build the requisite resources in the Mandal Parishad Primary School. Learning the English language is a key skills that is absolutely required in today’s world. Rural children are at a disadvantage given the fact that there is no exposure to English in these areas and rural teachers struggle with competency in the language.

TMF ANITA KHOSLA 2Over the past two years, it has been our effort to provide expert resources to these teachers, such that they learn to communicate with students using basic English skills. Students too have been provided with programs and resources to enhance their skills in the language.  We are grateful to volunteers who have provided valuable time and service to engage with children and teachers at MPPS to help them improve in English communication skills. A volunteer with immense experience in this field is Ms. Anitha Khosla, a qualified English Language trainer who regularly works with teachers and children in the school.

TMF ANITHA KHOSLA 1With the objective of improving English communication skills among staff and children, her classes have had an enthusiastic response. Her approach involves recitation of rhymes with emphasis on phonetics and pronunciation and story telling.

Students have started to use creative expressions and improved vocabulary in class. Teachers too have been observed to have improved fluency and vocabulary.

A Village of Generosity

Mr. Suresh making the cash donation to Rollakal School Headmaster

Mr. Suresh making the cash donation to Rollakal School Headmaster

We see over and over again how simple rural folk have an unmatched spirit of generosity towards their community. Parents and villagers readily assist our schools in various ways which help with the smooth running of the schools. With the looming summer heat and water shortage, we are grateful to Rollakal School Parent Committee member, K. Prakash, whose friend, Mr. Suresh, recently made a much needed donation to the school. He donated Rs. 6000 towards purchase of a mini water tank which will help with the water needs in the school tremendously. We feel blessed to be working in a culture of kindness and compassion!

Lately in Learning..

Products of Art Education class, using recycled materials

Products of Art Education class, using recycled materials

The Matendla School team is a great example of being receptive and open minded to new ways of teaching and learning. With an enthusiastic, learning oriented headmaster, Mr. Vishnu, anchoring the team, the school has been innovating many activities in order to enhance the skills of its teachers and provide support to its students.

As with all RDF schools, the focus areas are not just academic but extracurricular too as it is well established how developing interest in activities can build crucial life skills.  Some of the activities that have been developed are ‘Art Education’ in which students have learnt how to use recycled materials such as cloth and paper, natural material like clay and waste materials such as plastic bottles to create beautiful works of art which has been a wonderful learning experience for them.

Engrossed in reading during Library class

Engrossed in reading during Library class

The Library has slowly and steadily been built up with the help of local and other donations and purchase of relevant reading material. The school has reported that students are using the library well, reading books and sharing their reading experiences with friends from other schools! The teachers are also using the resources ably and utilising this in their classes.

Game of Maps in Geography!

Game of Maps in Geography!

The Geography classes have received a fillip through the provision of special instructions in ‘Map Pointing’. With large, glossy maps of India and the World up on the walls, map pointing has become a game, with students testing each other on a variety of geography topics.

computer 1Special Computer Classes are another well received addition in the school. Students are being instructed in learning typing skills on Word, presentation skills on Powerpoint, editing skills on Movie Maker and about the world of blogging too.

We are confident that these efforts will hold our students in good stead as we continued to work towards improving resources for rural education in our schools.

 

Luminous Alumnus

B. Rajinder (centre) with members of his regiment

B. Rajinder (centre) with members of his regiment

Rajinder is an alumnus of RDF Kalleda School, currently in 2nd Year of his Bachelor’s Degree in Lal Bahadur College, Warangal. A hardworking and spirited young man, he has been performing well in academics and sports. His interest in sports led him to join the NCC, through which he has participated in NCC camps in Kakinada, West Bengal, Sikkim and Manipur. Dedication, discipline and constant preparation are his mantra and these are the qualities he aspires to. He says, “I am always grateful to RDF Kalleda School for preparing me well and giving me a good chance. I will contribute my services to my alma mater.”

Balnae Rajinder 2We are proud of every RDF child who takes every opportunity to render services to us and their communities.

No Trading in for Traditions!

In this hyper digital era, where children are exposed to all manner of digital content and video gaming becoming rampant, it is very refreshing to see the efforts being made by RDF schools to retain and promote traditional games. Students are plying Asta Chamma Game1

In Redlawada School, children have been learning and playing the ancient game of ‘Ashta Chamma’. A traditional board game, popular in the medieval courts of kings and queens, the game was played in order to improve hand eye coordination, enhance counting ability and also teach war strategy! Though a game of chance like many board games, it still involves thinking and analytical skills.

Students are plying Asta Chamma Game2Students appear to be quite captivated by this game and have been seen playing this during their leisure time, including before and after school! We are glad that while the onslaught of online and video games cannot be escaped, children can retain the ability to make a conscious choice to play such board games, as in the days of yore!

Self Government Day

Staff and some High School students on Self Government Day

Staff and some High School students on Self Government Day

Self Government Day has become a day that is much looked forward to in RDF schools. High School students took responsibility for themselves and every child in their respective school. In Rollakal School, the children conducted real lessons based on the syllabus and led activities for the entire school. The classes and sessions were observed by the respective subject and activity teachers. Special cultural activities were performed by students during the latter part of the day.

A student session in progress

A student session in progress

The day ended with speeches in which students gave voice to their experiences on teaching on the day and saluted the hard work and commitment that is required of teachers in order to have an enriched classroom.

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