Archive for March, 2016

Digital Classes

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A digital class in progress at the high school

Schools have taken to technology with aplomb. Digital classes have been introduced in practically all schools. However, most government school lack these facilities with the result the students enrolled in government schools do not know how to use computers, navigate the internet or use technical devices like projectors.

However, the scenario in the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zilla Parishad High School is unlike other government schools. The school has started Digital classes with the support of Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF. The school is now equipped with computers, a printer and projector.

Students have taken to learning via technology with enthusiasm, of course! Visitors have complimented the new facilities which has definitely enhanced the learning environment in the school.

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Inspired Program

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The Junior College students at the event

The Union Department of Science and Technology sponsors the ‘Inspire’ programme every year in Warangal district. The event this year was conducted in Kakatiya University for five days. 150 Intermediate level students who scored above 9.2 GPA in the Senior School Certificate Examination were selected for the camp.

The RDF VAPV Junior College sent 8 students to participate in the program which had eminent guest lecturers. Faculty members from top technical and management institutions, including senior scientists were also part of the event.

IMG-20160215-WA0007The INSPIRE (Innovation, Science, Pursuit, Inspired, Research) program is conducted with the aim to encourage students to engage in innovative and research backed scientific and technical program that are also socially and environmentally productive. They conducted lectures, seminars and motivational session for the students. A quiz was also conducted in which the RDF students were awarded the 2nd prize and received a shield and certificates.

IMG-20160215-WA0003They key takeaways for our students were a crucial need to work in areas that help protect the environment and develop curiosity about environmental issues and help solve them. The guest faculty iterated the need to be self disciplined, set high goals in order to be effective in reaching their goals. They were also motivated to look into research based Science projects and promote more scientific research with the best of young minds in India. We are very proud of the selection and achievement of our students and wish them the very best!

A Directed Future

We all dream and grapple with many possible scenarios for leading fulfilling and well lived lives. Nowadays, urban careerists also change careers based on new interests and creative ideas. Life in rural areas is different though, where the primary reason for first generation school regarding their work life is thinking about financial stability and supporting their parents and previous generations who have lived through tough times.

Pavan, during a narration of his play

Pavan, during a narration of his play

Therefore, getting a job that provides monetary benefits that can help their family is the most important consideration for our children. Hence they work hard in academics in order to try and be at par with urban counterparts, well aware of the challenges that lie therein.

However, though this is an important of academic and career choices, if combined with a gift and natural talent, then a job or a career also becomes creatively satisfying. An oft repeated question that has been going around our schools for many years, typically posed to primary children is, “So what will you be when you grow up?” The bemused child at the receiving end of this question can give several possible ideas, based on what most entices his/her fancy at the time the question is asked! The answers also vary as these kids grow older, fired by an active imagination. The passage of time and practical considerations generally provide the impetus for vocational and career choices by the time kids are in high school. No one really expects a primary child to really know what they would like to do when they are older.

Pavan, addressing his peers and parents

Pavan, addressing his peers and parents

Therefore it comes as a pleasant surprise when we hear of M. Pavan Kumar, a Class 4 student in Rollakal who has a flair for writing plays, directing them and choreographing dances too! Pavan has been writing one act plays for a while and loves to enact them for his peers and teachers. His parents say that he spends considerable time creating his characters in different plays and writing his dialogues. He also organises costumes for himself! So far his stories have been humorous or with a moral theme. His very obvious gift takes our breath away.

Pavan's self written & self directed play

Pavan, during his self written & self directed play

The school encourages him in every way they can and Pavan seems very clear focused about what he would like to do in the future – act and direct plays and movies! I hope our wellwishers and reader get an opportunity to meet this young talent and see his abilities. We are sure that his skills and confident ability to engage with his audience will see him direct and choreograph his life path , taking him a long way!

Treasured Trip

DSC03433Following in the footsteps of their Matendla School peers, students and teachers of Redlawada School were taken on an educational tour to Warangal. The delight of the students and teachers was palpable right from early morning, when everyone assembled to board the bus. The whispers in the morning hush, the laughter and excitement created such a buzz!

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With so many schools curtailing children in classrooms, learning only from textbooks; the appeal of such tours, undertaken regularly, can make a big difference in learning attitudes.

IMG_20160207_163142335So off the students went, to a wonderful day filled with trips to thelocal zoo and historical monuments such as the Thousand Pillared Temple, Bhadrakali Temple and Warangal Fort. Even the adults were taken in by the charm and beauty of the rich architecture of the sites they visited, with many taking photos and videos with their phones.

We’re sure these will be circulated for many months to come! Everyone returned tired but happy from the day long trip and said that they came back with a new found understanding of Kakatiya art and culture.

“Do the Radio!”

RDF RadioMatendla School is on a roll with everyone coming up with creative ideas to support the learning of English. Last month, we wrote about the infectious ‘Coin Game’ which has caught on famously in the entire school. Now the team has come up with a ‘Radio Station’.

The Radio Station, supported by the English Club works like a news and announcements team, with the help of a simple microphone. Students from various classes, by turn, write content and make important as well as fun announcements each day. These include News for the day, from an English daily, Thought for the day for motivation, G.K Questions and informative trivia such as ‘Do you Know’ quizzes. Birthday babies are also wished, followed by important academic and extracurricular announcements; such as accolades, achievements and forthcoming events. All important information pertaining to the school is also relayed by each team.

The editorial and screening committee for this project is the school management and information goes ‘on air’ with their consent. Announcements are also made during intervals and recreation periods. The team also plays meditation music in order to make the environment relaxing for everyone. The students have been very responsive to this new venture and we have no doubt that with such creative ideas, the staff and children will find it easier to enhance their English listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities, which will only enhance their future potential.

“A Salute to Social Responsiveness”

Students speaking to farmers

Students, with a teacher, speaking to farmers

There is a freshwater crisis in India and the reality of this problem looms large in our state. The problem is felt acutely in our rural areas that face the brunt of this crisis. Farmers, already struggling with poor crop yield due to scanty rainfall, have been resorting to digging borewells to find water to cultivate their fields. With the water table running low, many such digging sites are abandoned, with the site left uncovered.

Due to this, there have been incidents of young children slipping and falling into these borewells, some with tragic consequences. The entire situation can seem futile and this bothered some children in class 9 in Kalleda School. On discussing the situation with their teacher, they decided to collectively help their community and help avert such tragedies.002

With help from their teachers and classmates, the children have closed almost every empty borewell site temporarily with soil and stones. They are now appealing to the farmers to close these sites permanently. The feeling of social responsibility towards their fellow community members and their exemplary effort was noticed by the media. 003They were covered by the local print and visual media, which gives them and us hope to believe that the ripples of their actions will reach neighbouring communities, thereby remaining farmers to dig with caution and take preventive measures.