RDF Kalleda School Student Profiles: Ravali L. and Sravan D.


Ravali preparing an exhibit for the district science fair

Twelve year old Ravali and thirteen year old Sravan are typical of many of RDF’s rural students who are keenly aware that their education is their passport to success.

Ravali who lives with her grandmother is one of a large number of students whose school fees are partly met under the ‘Sponsor a Child’ program.  Similarly, Sravan, whose mother teaches at one of RDF’s schools, is entitled to free education – available to the children of all RDF employees.

Both  Ravali and Sravan attend RDF Kalleda School where they are well known for their enthusiasm to take part in as many extra-curricular events as they can fit into their busy school days. They were members of a school team which won second place in a district science fair.

Sravan discovered his natural skill as a photographer when he was a photo blog student for the Youth Empowerment program, working with Sophie, a US volunteer. Armed with a digital camera – for the first time in his life – he took part in a district photograph competition and won second prize. He would love to have a camera of his own to pursue his interest.

Ravali has played an active role in the Rubin project, designed to teach students about the lives and culture of the Lambadi tribe, many of whom live in the surrounding district.

Lambadis are a scheduled tribe under the Indian constitution and efforts are being made to preserve their disappearing traditions. Ravali, along with other Kalleda students, has learned traditional Lambadi stitching techniques which involve attaching plastic mirrors to cloth to create stunning patterns.

Sravan (center) and his friends discussing their English homework

Both Ravali and Sravan have a good grasp of English. Shravan says Indian history and English are his favourite subjects while Ravali explains that she developed her spoken English under the guidance of a US volunteer who spent 10 months at Kalleda.

Like so many of their school friends, they’ve already decided on their career paths. Ravali wants to be a medical doctor so that she can help poor children from backgrounds like hers and Sravan says he wants to be a politician. ‘Politicians are liars. I want to be an honest politician to help change society,’ he says proudly.

It’s obvious talking to them that the RDF ethos of honesty and transparency has helped shape their thinking and influenced their decisions to be of service to others.

2 responses to this post.

  1. In today�s society we need to put the most focus on the development and empowerment of our youth. Considering the fact that they are our future leaders, politicians and teachers it is important they are given the skills necessary for them to live a fulfilled life.


  2. nice of the kalleda;s schools of excelents


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