Empowering the Self with Self-Defense

RDF has a core vision of educating and empowering the girl child. Over the years, many social and educational programs have been conducted for students and parents on the importance of girl child education and encouraging girls to study, work and become financially able. It is a matter of great pride for the RDF family that many girls have topped not just in academics but in the sports field too. Many students from the 5 RDF institutions have taken up martial arts, with the encouragement of their teachers and parents too!

Therefore, it was gratifying to learn that the Commissioner of Police of Warangal Rural District, Mr. G. Sudhir Babu, initiated the largest self defense lesson at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Warangal. The aim was to make women and college girls more self reliant by imparting key self defense techniques to them.

The smiling and confident team from the junior college

The smiling and confident team from the junior college

The RDF VAPV Junior College sent 50 girl students for the program. The students were trained in pairs by martial art experts, getting the individual attention that was required to master these techniques. The session was very well planned and executed. After the day long session, the girls came back to the campus and trained the students who could not attend, on the techniques learnt. The session has given them more confidence and they stated that such sessions should be conducted frequently.

Beautiful Sand Art

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Kids sharing their design ideas with each other

The Mandal Parishad Primary School, Bahadurapally, that is part of a quality education program partnership between RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation, has been organising weekly creative learning activities for its students. Saturday is a day that witnesses a lot of excitement and buzz! Recently, the one day activity that was organised was on Sand Art.

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Students used sand as a medium to design. The students were encouraged and guided by the teachers to translate their thoughts and ideas to paper in creative ways and create sand art. The children were able to come up with many interesting designs that they then drew on plain paper that was provided.

Some of the final creations

Some of the final creations

The children were very eager to show their talent and skills by sharing their thoughts with each other. Children were given white papers and colors by the staff. First the children decided what picture to design, then they drew it with pencil, after that, they applied fevicol in the area of picture. Thereafter, it was easy to stick sand on the area of picture. They applied some colors too to create varied colour palettes in their creations!

It was really marvelous and beautiful to see their art. Such activities also create work experience and experience a creative environment by working together. The school team believes that it is important to make learning creative and fun. When children find an activity interesting, the hardwork put in is effortless and such hard work will never fail in their lives.

 

Redlawada’s Sports Glory!

The RDF team is very proud to announce the well deserved sporting accomplishments of RDF Redlawada School! The school has clocked up, not one, but two international sports accolades in 2016! This is a first for Redlawada School students making it to the international arena.

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The Redlawada School Kabaddi team

In September, Redlawada School made history with 10 students making it to the National Student Olympics in Kabaddi! Another feather in RDF’s cap was that this was the very first time that an RDF Kabaddi team won at State Level. That an RDF Kabaddi team has made it from the State to the International arena is a huge accomplishment and inspiration for the RDF family. It was the hardworking and persevering Redlawada students who achieved this record for RDF! The team has been selected for the international edition in Nepal, to be organised later this year.

The Redlawada School Kho-Kho team

The Redlawada School Kho-Kho team

The school’s Kho-Kho team has also been selected for the International Student Olympics in Dhaka, Bangladesh. will be traveling to Dhaka, Bangladesh. The date of the tournament has not yet been finalized and will be tentatively released on 15th January 2017. The 7 member team made it to the International level after successful completion of all qualifying events at the District,  State and National levels. It is a matter of great pride for the team members, their families and the village of Redlawada because for the first time, Redlawada children are participating in international events. The outstanding performance of the children in the competitions can be attributed to the proper guidance provided by the Physical Education Teacher and the special diet that was given to the students. The special diet comprising of milk, eggs and bengal gram helped in increasing the stamina of the children. The staff and fellow students in the school have ceaselessly encouraged the children to take up sports and word hard at achieving personal excellence.

We now hope that the children’s aspirations to win further honour for their school come true!

Sandeep’s Dreams…

Sandeep studied in Vigneshwar Vidyalaya till Class 4. He joined RDF Matendla school in the Class 5. His parents are uneducated – his father is a mason and his mother is a beedi worker. It was his parent’s decision to change Sandeep’s school and join RDF Matendla. He likes the school because of the importance given to academics, sports and other cultural activities.

ms-1It was due to the school and their efforts that Sandeep started developing an interest in martial arts. A yellow belt holder, he has participated in state and national level karate competitions. The national level karate championship was held in Jammu and Kashmir. It was the first time that Sandeep traveled by train to an entirely different state. He was part of the Telangana team and traveled with 20 other team members.  Around 200 participants came from all over India. ms-2The 2 day train journey was very memorable. The train passed through the states of Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra to reach Jammu. The indoor stadium was big and nice. It was the first time that he realized how serious people are about sports. Sandeep is keen for more children to participate in sports. He believes that it offers great exposure and allows him to meet many more people. It teaches discipline and punctuality.

Sandeep recently participated in a quiz competition conducted by Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad. 2 teams represented RDF Matendla. Matendla was the only rural school in the competition that saw 50 urban school teams. The quiz was very tough. He was not aware of the answers of many questions. It was a great learning experience for him and he is eager to participate in many such competitions.

ms-4In his free time, Sandeep likes to play with his younger brother and visit the village library. The library is open from 8 am – 10.30 am. It again opens in the evening from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Every Wednesday, the library remains closed. Sandeep likes to spend time in the library and update himself. He reads newspapers and borrows GK books. According to him, newspaper reading is a very good habit. The Telugu newspaper gives information about the state wide news where as the English newspaper has country wide news.

Sandeep is also interested in politics for social good. He believes that social policies are implemented for the welfare of society. For example, KCR constructing double bedrooms flats for poor people and other programs like Mission Bhagirath will help Matendla a lot. If the mission is a success, there won’t be any water problems in their village they will have access to tap water.

Sandeep is very keen on becoming an IAS officer and help society. We wish him all the very best for future endeavors.

Safeguarding the Kitchen Gardens

Like the five RDF institutions, the Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools in Bahadurpally village that are a part of the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF program partnership, have provision of planting fruits and vegetables in their kitchen gardens. Despite the efforts of the caretakers, in previous seasons, saplings couldn’t grow due to water shortage and pests.

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Yield in the Primary School kitchen garden

However, effective water management techniques such as saving water in drums and usage of boring water augmented the growth of the plants. The bandicoots and pests continued to remain a problem in the schools. The usage of natural pesticides prevented damage to the plants and produced good yield.

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

The seeds of spinach, soya beans, bottle gourds, tomatoes and papaya were purchased. Due to the above mentioned initiatives, the produce increased significantly in the schools. The sweet potatoes produced were used for cooking and served to all the students of the high school.

Beeriah and his wife, Ellava, the watchman and caretaker team have worked ceaselessly in order to protect the kitchen gardens and ensure that it flourishes. We are very grateful for their efforts!

Rakesh rocks Redlawada! :)

rakesh-redlawadaRakesh, a Class 8 student in RDF Redlawada School, has twin passions. The first is his fondness for computers and the other is sports. While he is inspired by the determination and hardwork of his older sister who is pursuing biology, physics and chemistry, Rakesh is inclined towards Software Engineering. He feels very fortunate that his school has a fully equipped computer lab where he spends a lot of time learning about computer hardware, software and computer applications.

His passion for sports is being honed by the school Physical Education Teacher. With daily practice and a nutritionally balanced diet comprising extra milk and eggs that is monitored by the PET, Rakesh has represented the school in Mandal level, District level and National level Student Olympics. His sports hero is Usain Bolt, having learnt about him and his retirement while watching the 2016 Olympics on television. Inspired by his life struggles and achievements, he aspires to be among the top 5 athletes in India.

Rakesh is very proud of the sports facilities and extracurricular activities that are offered in the school, something that his friends miss out on in other schools. He has made friends from other states while participating in National level events. Narrating an incident that happened during the National level competitions in Gujarat, he said that he made friends with another boy from UP. It was funny interacting with him because he could only communicate in English and Telugu while the UP boy was fluent in Hindi. Though they both tried communicating in English, neither could understand what the other said. Luckily, a boy from the Andhra Pradesh team helped translate. That experience showed him the importance to know another language apart from his mother tongue.

While he is fanning his dreams of a future in sports, for now Rakesh wants to encourage sports among young children in his village. Since his friends and cousins, enrolled in other schools are not exposed to sports or sporting facilities, he feels that his knowledge and training can help them. Way to go Rakesh! We are very happy to hear that he is paying it forward by sharing his talent and skills in his community.

 

 

Aiming Right!

A decade has passed since RDF produced its first archery champion in Pranitha. The decade since 2006 is filled with numerous archery champions and records at the District, State, National and International level.

RDF’s archery achievements continue to make us proud. At the same time, we are also humbled by our students’ perseverance and determination to push themselves and bring accolades for themselves, RDF institutions and the community.

The RDF VAPV Junior College was honoured to host the State Archery Championships that was organised by the School Games Federation of India. Over 180 talented archers from 9 districts in Telangana participated in the event. As per protocol, the event was divided into 3 categories – under 14, under 17 and under 19. RDF was represented by 6 archers from the Junior College and 7 archers from Kalleda School. Accommodation for all participants was made on the college premises.

(2nd from L) Mr. Prashanth Patil, (R) Ms. Vijaya Laxmi

(2nd from L) Mr. Prashanth Patil, (R) Ms. Vijaya Laxmi

The event was held on 26th and 27th November. Mr. Prashanth Jeevan Patil, Collector – Warangal Rural District was the Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony while Ms. Vijaya Laxmi, Mandal Revenue Officer – Parvathagiri Mandal was the Guest of Honour. For the Valedictory Function, Mr. Sudeer Babu, Warangal Commissioner of Police and Mr. S. Mahender, Warangal Assistant Commissioner of Police were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.

After 2 days of intense competition, the Ranga Reddy district emerged as the overall champions while the Warangal Rural district team, playing in their own backyard, was declared the runners up. 3 archers from the Junior College and 5 from Kalleda School have been selected for the National level competitions.

The jubilant RDF archery team

The jubilant RDF archery team

We congratulate the RDF archers for their achievements and wish them the very best for the upcoming National level event.