RDF Wadlakonda: Learning outside the classroom

Wadlakonda teachers have been visiting families in the village so they can better understand their students' lives. Here, a teacher meets with a parent who spins yarn from cotton.

In an effort to better understand their students, Wadlakonda School teachers are visiting every parent whose child or ward studies at the school. The new program started in February as teachers began visiting all 185 households.

Being aware of the villagers’ traditions, life styles and customs helps teachers build a bond with them. Every Wadlakonda teacher is participating in the unique program, where parents and teachers meet one-on-one.

Teachers meet with a parent who collects toddy.

Based on their interactions so far, teachers and parents have already come up with suggestions to improve the school community. The suggestions include:

Teachers’ suggestions to parents

  • Spend at least 1 hour with their children when they return home and understand their progress at school
  • Encourage children to attend school regularly
  • Do not punish / criticize children in front of their peers
  • Learn about their children’s school achievements and encourage them to take part in group activities

Parents’ suggestions to teachers

  • Conduct parent-teacher meetings where each parent gets to interact with the teachers individually. Currently there are parent-committee meetings where only a few parents — who act as representatives for a larger parent group — get to meet with teachers
  • Take extra care for children with slow learning capabilities
  • Take extra care for all round development of the child


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jóhanna Madam on April 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This is a great idea. I know the other villages and schools are larger but it would be nice to see something similar happening in the other schools. I am sure that when the teachers to know and understand the students’ reality they are more likely to respect the traditions. This way they are more capable to connect life and education, find a ways for the students to use their education to improve village life.

    All the best from Iceland.


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