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.

Engaged Parents and Community

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

The Zilla Parishad High School continued with its commitment to keep parent community involved in the school activities and progress. At this meeting, the RDF team was present to interact with parents regarding not merely informing them about children’s progress and the various activities in the school over the year, but how to keep them proactive in their child’s learning.

Parents were keen to know the changes in the school and details of provisions given to the students. Parents were aware of the remedial classes, additional coaching classes and snacks being provided.

Children who participated in the National Karate Championship were introduced and this motivated parents on the importance of sports coaching and they agreed to send their children for sports related and other activities being organised.

Teachers going over student records with parents

Teachers going over student records with parents

Parent records were updated with submission of Aadhar Card copies and updated contact numbers. Thereafter the class teachers had discussions with parents individually about their child’s progress and distributed report cards.

Farewell, Fare well..

Cultural show by the Juniors

Cultural show by the Juniors

Farewell gatherings are a must in the Indian education system. The 1st Year Intermediate students got together to make arrangements for a colourful farewell function for their seniors. Along with a medley of song, dance and plays, this year many senior students gave a farewell speech too, in which they were asked to share their dreams for the future and happiest moments during their two years in the Junior College.

G. Madhukar

G. Madhukar

Madhukar, MPC English Medium said, “I have studied in RDF institutions right from Class 1 to Intermediate. I have been given a value based education and learnt many things. I am sad to leave RDF, while being excited to enter college too.”

G. Likhitha

G. Likhitha

G. Likhitha, BPC,English Medium had this to share, “I liked my lecturers and their method of teaching. I am glad that I had good facilities like Science Lab and Computer Lab which allowed me to study comfortably. With these resources, I came to believe that ‘Practice makes perfect’.”

Ch. Venkatesh

Ch. Venkatesh

Ch. Venkatesh from CEC, English Medium said, “I am very happy that my college gave equal importance to sports and games. This too provided value to me during the 2 years.”

We feel very honoured to hear the esteem the students feel towards the Junior College. Junior College tends to be a time when students are almost adults and are experiencing a sense of greater freedom. We feel happy to see students understanding the resources that the college has made available to them and using their time constructively. Every one of them makes us proud. We wish them well for their futures.

Football Rules!

DSC03774Football has generally played second fiddle to big brother, cricket.  However, there is something tantalising about football – a sport that is much loved in many countries around the world.

While football may not have as much of a hold on us, children love kicking a ball around, regardless of the size of the field they can play in.

DSC03825The Physical Education Teachers in RDF schools came together and decided to teach football more formally, rules and all. Any team game can bring out the best in an individual, in the hands of a capable coach and teach essential team building and people skills too.

DSC03767In Redlawada School, sports shoes were donated to students who were interested in learning this game. The school doesn’t have a football court, but when has that ever come in the way of determination and enthusiasm? The school has a large open ground which is happily being used as a football field.  The students are captivated by the game and are persevering to master the leg work and skills. They have learnt that many football players in India have a rural background. This has inspired them and they are determined to become good football players from their district!

We cheer them on and pray that their visions come alive for them.

 

Dreams of Green

Inspecting and learning about  'Magic Pit' with locals

Inspecting and learning about ‘Magic Pit’ with locals

Ibrahimpur in Medak District has earned the distinction of being a ‘model village’. For the past couple of years, its residents, under the tutelage of the Sarpanch’s son, have put together several ecological practices which has made the village a ‘must see’ for people wishing to lead greener and more sustainable lives.

So the students of Classes 4 to 8 from Matendla School went to visit the village to observe these practices and see how they can be replicated in their own villages. The locals were proud to show them their ‘magic pits’ which are soak pits that allow waste water from a household to be recycled. Almost every house in the village has one. The students were informed of a water purification centre which ensures clean water for every home. Each street is meticulously cleaned everyday, with garbage taken daily to a dumping yard where it is disposed off in a sanitary manner. There is lush greenery around, with seasonal plantations.  In the evenings, solar lights power the streets and the homes. The village has also been free of seasonal viral outbreaks or water borne infections due to the clean environment.

Interacting with locals to understand creating model villages

Interacting with locals to understand creating model villages

The staff and students returned with a sense of wonder and what can be achieved with the power of good ideas and partnerships between local people and its elected representatives. We hope some of what they learnt will be put to use in Matendla and surrounding villages and create a new green revolution!

Future ‘not’ Tense

G.SrinivasWhen RDF was set up nearly 2 decades ago, our vision was to provide high quality education to rural children, so that they have the necessary skills to obtain jobs that can make them and their families financially stable.  In this endeavour, we have been blessed to have many strong partnerships with likeminded education service providers and donors who have helped us make our dream a reality.

What we didn’t see coming was our alumni supporting RDF financially and in other ways, time and again.  These are also the stories we love to share – alumni who have made tentative to confident steps in the world and come back to help future generations studying in RDF schools.

One such alumnus is Guguloth Srivinas who was in Kalleda School from Nursery to Class 10. His parents toiled as daily wage labourers and it was Srinivas’s earliest wish to financially support them and see them lead happy and stable lives. We are honoured to say that he recently completed the National Industrial Security Force Training and has landed his first job. To share his happiness, his first step was to sponsor the Midday Meal Program in the school. He says that the school gave him confidence and he would like to support his alma mater in every way!

We see these children and their families putting their hopes in education, to secure their futures. Thus such stories show us repeatedly it’s not just schooling that matters, but the quality that matters the most. Hence, for us too, it is a vision, a future that is not tense! Teachers and staff blessed him and his family for a bright future.

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