Archive for June, 2011

A natural, local solution

A shepherd tends his flock at Matendla school

When Matendla school needed fertilizer for its school farm, educators came up with a creative, local solution: the nearby village of  Banjerupalli.

Many Banjerupalli residents are shepherds. Matendla invited them — and their flock — to stay at the school for two nights. The school provided lodging and food for the shepherds; in turn, the sheep provided fertilizer for the farm.

While the service normally costs Rs 300, the shepherds kindly charged Matendla only Rs 250.

Learning while he earns

Matendla's head cook is improving his education. Ramesh recently passed his 7th grade examinations.

Ramesh A is the head cook at Matendla Rural School, but he doesn’t limit his ambitions to the kitchen.

Though Ramesh had previously studied only till 6th grade, he recently passed his 7th grade examinations from Matendla!

Having been motivated by his success in 7th grade examinations, he now aims to pass 10th grade examinations. Matendla teachers have encouraged him to study and this has motivated him to “learn while he earns.”

Ramesh — the eldest of four siblings who helps support his family — has proven he is a hard worker. He joined Matendla in 2006 as the “head boy” and was gradually promoted to assistant head cook and now is the school’s head cook. He had no formal training and has learned his skills on the job.

As he does not like to waste the time, he learned computer skills at night. Right now he helps school with computer works. He also conducts library classes when the teachers are absent.

Kalleda alum earns top marks

Kalleda Rural School alumnus Banoth Bhaskar earned high marks on the engineering entrance exam

Kalleda Rural School alum Banoth Bhaskar has done exceptionally well in Indian Institute Of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

Bhaskar ranked 653 out of the hundreds of thousands of students who took the test, making him eligible for one of the few coveted spots at the nation’s premier engineer colleges.

Bhaskar, who hails from a farming family, aims to pursue a mechanical engineering degree and eventually work for a multi-national firm. The ambitious young man plans to study business administration after completing engineering.

Congratulation, Bhaskar!