Future Artists and Upcoming Designers!

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” ~ Albert Einstein

fiture-artists-1Creative expression finds its canvas in various forms – drawing pictures from a young age and learning traditional art forms like ‘rangoli’. The teachers at RDF Matendla School have been encouraging its young artist students and designers to let their imagination fly and create wonderful works of art!future-artists

upcoming-designers-1It’s no wonder then, that in such an encouraging environment, students are showing a lot of interest in drawing! The art that has been created by students of various ages has been very inspirational. Some students have even participated in District and State level art competitions. All the works of art are displayed proudly on the school bulletin boards and the young artists are commended in the school’s morning assembly too.

We are very proud of the efforts of all the teachers to help students explore their interest in various art forms and the students for their creative zeal and imagination!

Nurturing inborn talent

Nurturing innate talent in children is crucial to developing not just their unique talent and evolving that talent into a skill, but it also helps greatly in making a child feel nurtured. This allows them to believe in themselves and their abilities, a trait that is very necessary in life.

RDF teachers are provided ongoing in various classroom methodologies, one of them being ‘Multiple Intelligence’. Each child displays their own way of learning and also has varied interests. Therefore they learn differently too, based on the particular intelligence that is dominant in them. This could be musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. While it can be challenging to identify 1 particular intelligence or inborn ability, when teachers engage mindfully with children and observe them closely, it is easy to see their unique abilities.

The RDF Redlawada School has shared stories about some of their students, which we would like to share with our readers. These stories highlight how each student’s inborn intelligence is being nurtured and encouraged by their teachers.

  1. Motivated to learn writing numbers on his own!

    Motivated to learn writing numbers on his own!

    Sai is a very bright student in his class. He is an LKG student. He is a very self motivated learner, learning words and numbers very fast. He always wants to be at the top of the class and really pushes himself to learn more that what in taught in class in a given day. At this young age, he is also helpful and assists his classmates with their school activities! At this young age, Sai already shows interpersonal skills and intrapersonal skills. These natural gifts need to be encouraged as he is self directed and a natural leader.

  1. Rahul, firmly focused on his volleyball goals

    Rahul, firmly focused on his volleyball goals

    B. Rahul is in Class 6. He is passionate about volleyball. He comes to school early and leaves after regular school hours, because he wants to practice the sports to the best of his ability. He has set himself a goal of reaching the State and National levels and become a very good Volleyball player. Rahul also shows intrapersonal skills by having a clear focus on his future and what he needs to do in the present to achieve his goal. This kind of clarity is something that even adults can struggle with!

  1. Soujanya, the storyteller, in action!

    Soujanya, the storyteller, in action!

    D. Soujanya is in UKG. She has a unique gift of storytelling. Not content with just learning rhymes, Soujanya improvises her own actions with each rhyme! It is wonderful to see her interpretations of poems and engaging so enthusiastically with what is being taught! Soujanya has both verbal-linguistic and musical-rhythmic intelligence.

We believe if each child’s unique talent and skill is nurtured, that this will give them the assurance and confidence of being productive in whatever they choose to take up later in their lives.

 

Rolling in Inventiveness!

This week, we bring to you more inventiveness from the students at RDF Rollakal School! In our previous post from Rollakal here https://rdfblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/innovation-and-inspiration/, we wrote how the students are developing their scientific curiosity and creating many experiments.

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ros-1Today, the school is proud of the achievement of N. Vinay Kumar, a Class 6 student at the school. Vinay created an Air Pressure Vehicle, again using recycled materials. The materials he chose to create this vehicle are everyday items, found in all households – 4 bottlecaps, 1 balloon, 1 pipe, some plaster, a notebook cover page or thermocol sheet, 2 cellpen pipes and a broomstick thread.

With the help of his Science teacher, Vinay created a miniature car, that propelled itself forward due to the air pressure created in the balloon. Think about how much money urban kids and their parents spend buying ‘dinky’ cars for their amusement. It would be so much more worthwhile and creative to just make one on your own! A working one at that!

ros-3Such experiments show how creativity needs to be nurtured, with efforts on the part of the teacher or a parent or any adult who is willing to dive into such creative endeavours and experiment. There is so much more learning that goes on when children are engaged in this manner.

The Science of Creativity and Experimentation

Curiosity and creativity are the single most important traits that a person can have. Child development experts, educators, psychologists and scientists alike have researched and written about the importance of retaining a sense of curiosity for personal development and achievement.

Curiosity in any theme or subject leads to a sense of creativity, exploration and experimentation – the results of which, whether success or failure provide immense learning value. Such traits are the cornerstone of problem solving and innovation. The world definitely needs more creative problem solvers and innovators!

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The RDF institutions and its partner schools, the Government Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools encourage an environment of creativity. Students also imbibe a concept more wholeheartedly when a concept is shown practically through experiments. Therefore the Science classes are generally abuzz with practical demonstrations and experiments to study a scientific concept. Therefore, when the Janyaa Foundation, a foundation the aims to encourage creative problem solving skills in rural children in India, invited rural and government schools to a Science and Maths exhibition, the Zilla Parishad High School responded to the invitation and sent in 6 exhibits that had been developed by some imaginative middle school children with the help of their Science teachers.

We are very proud to announce that 3 out of the 6 exhibits won awards! Maroof Ali & MD. Baba of Class 6 got the first prize exhibit on Magnetism. Y. Sai Varun and N. Ganesh of Class 7 got second prize for the Science exhibit on Light Reflection. Simhadri of Class 7 too was awarded an appreciation prize for his Tables chart.  Also, all children who participated in this exhibition were awarded with participation certificates.

The students and the school staff also are very happy about the effort and hard work of its students that won them prizes for their good work from Janyaa Foundation. Parents were invited to the school to see the exhibits and see the prizes and certificates that were given. It was a matter of pride for the parents too, to see their children’s achievements.

Finally it’s a great honor to the school and we wish the budding young scientist children many more years of happy experimenting and inventiveness!

Innovation and Inspiration!

It is amazing what a few resources, recycled materials, inspired ideas and an excitement to experiment and learn can bring about! Every human resource that is seen around us, in our environment, our home and the world started as a seed of an idea. The idea leads to exploration and experimentation, which through a process of trial and error becomes a very useful innovation.

The innovator, Sunny

The innovator, Sunny

This is precisely what we see happen in our schools time and again. Sunny, a Class 5 student of RDF Rollakal School loves Science experiments. His Science teacher encourages him to test out his ideas or research science concepts that he is interested in. This collaboration resulted in a brilliant water pump innovation.

The apparatus

The apparatus

Using a motor, battery, a box, an empty bottle and 2 pipes, Sunny, set up the apparatus to create a water pump.

With the guidance of his Science teacher and his own keen interest in Science, Sunny was able to accomplish this with ease. This goes to show how an environment of encouragement, play and infusing fun and curiosity into lessons can bring them to life for everyone!

Our Luminous Alumni!

ks-1The RDF family is blessed to have so many of its alumni give back to their schools in any manner they can. We have had students become full time teachers, volunteers, sponsoring equipment, donating funds for midday meals and many other ways. The students have always been aware that as an NGO, relying on funds from individuals and organisations to provide quality education, is challenging work. However, we have had a lot of goodwill that has keep the RDF institutions running for over 2 decades now! Our alumni have also been an influential part of this story.

Anusha and Shashi serving the Midday Meal

Anusha and Shashi serving the Midday Meal

Bananas being served during the Annadanam

Bananas being served during the Annadanam

K. Anusha from the 2007-08 batch of RDF Kalleda School recently donated towards ‘Annadanam’ on the auspicious occasion of her marriage. Anusha completed B-Tech and then worked at Value Labs, Hyderabad. She was a meritorious student who was renowned for helping students in school. It was this helping nature which made her want to give back to RDF and the school from her earnings. She says that she learned the values of hardwork and kindness from school.

The midday meal was served by Anusha and her husband, Shashi. We thank Anusha and Shashi for their generosity and wish her a healthy and prosperous future!

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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.