Archive for June, 2017

A Culture of Kindness – by children!

RDF schools have put in a huge amount of effort in creating meaningful links between their schools and the local community. The community takes pride in having an RDF school in its midst and always spread the word about RDFs work with rural, underprivileged children in their local neighbourhood. This produces a ripple effect through which RDF schools receive many visitors interested in learning about RDFs approach to rural education and its work with rural children.

Matendla School was recently visited by Mr. Bhargav Nagabhushanam who is an officer in the Telangana Government’s Mission Bhageeratha project. He was accompanied by his wife and two sons, Sriharsha and Srijith. They interacted with all the students and teachers, observing classes and extracurricular activities. They also generously donated towards the Midday Meal program in the school.

Fans being donated by Sriharsha (9 yo) & Srijith (6 yo)

While going around the school, the two sons noticed that some of the classrooms were warm and asked their parents to donate fans to the school which the parents agreed to. Through the kindness of the two young visitors, the school received a gift of 6 fans! The staff and students of the school were very moved by this gesture of kindness towards them and wanting to help underprivileged children.

We hope this circle of kindness and compassion towards those who are less privileged continues as we all do what we can to make this world a better place for everyone! Children like Sriharsha and Srijith are an inspiration to us. Thank you!

Congratulations to IPE Toppers!

The Intermediate Public Examination (IPE) March 2017 results have been declared. The RDF VAPV Junior College got the highest pass percentage and secured the 1st rank at the Divisional level.

In 1st year, 190 students appeared in the exam, with 173 clearing the exams, giving the college a pass percentage of 91%. In 2nd year, 181 students appeared in the exam, with 176 clearing the exams, giving them a pass percentage of 97%. The number of A Grade students is 189, the number of B Grade students is 94 & the number of C Grade students is 47.

Our toppers had this to say –

T. Sai Vratha: She is the daughter of the Headmaster of RDF Kalleda School, Mr. S. Sridhar and topped her stream. She says, “I prefer to study always and think of being a role model to all in the society. I was unhappy that I didn’t study in an RDF school, but I am delighted that I got to study in the RDF VAPV Junior College”.

K. Rahul: “I spent almost 10 hours every day to write and rewrite everything I studied. I wanted to understand things. I want to study medicine and now I am taking NEET long term coaching. I am confident I will get a seat in Medical College. I went to give free treatment to the poor people. Do what is right, the right way!

V. Namratha: The 18 year old wants to study law & is already preparing for the entrance exams in June. “I want to become a lawyer to fight for injustices in society. I hope to eventually become a judge and pass fair judgments.”

Please join us in congratulating the effort and success of these deserving students!

 

The Science of Creativity!

Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author said in one of his books – “Think left and think right, think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up, if only you try!”

Trying is definitely something that RDF children do a lot of! Coming from lives filled with difficulties and financial deprivation, RDF schools open up a rich learning ground in which they soak up everything they are exposed to – and the exposure is carefully curated by caring teachers who want the very best for these children.

Science and its wonderful world of experiments gets everyone excited! Students at Rollakal School have been blossoming under the guidance of their Science teachers. The teachers who come from similar background as the children understand the importance of quality and creative learning. They too are sent for several training programs in order to enhance teaching methods. This then allows them to think about creative ways of teaching. 

Science experiments have been a great way to understand Science concepts that would be too complex to understand theoretically. RDF has gone through a lot of effort to equip each school with a Science lab in order to expose children to learning visually and experientially.

The most recent experiments that the Rollakal children have been exploring are photosynthesis, understanding the root system, learning about the mechanism and biology of human breathing etc. Though the Science lab is equipped with a lot of material to aid conceptual understanding, the staff also ensures that students use recycled materials in order for the experiments to be as green and cost effective as possible!

We are very proud of the efforts of our staff to ensure that children learn in a fun environment. We are also proud of the children who keep their scientific enquiry alive through enthusiastically engaging with their own learning!

Rural Learning, Global Training!

The quality education partnership between RDF & Tech Mahindra Foundation got another feather in its cap through the achievements of it students in a local essay comptetion.

Getting to a point of competing in an event that involved not just writing in English, a language students in rural and semi rural areas have limited exposure to; but also to utilise higher level thinking skills, in order to write a comprehensive essay was no mean task. Till just as recent as 2 years back, these students would not have had the confidence or the ability to write or compete in English. The intensive efforts that have been made in this partnership, implemented with the encouragement of the RDF team and the local teachers are paying dividends!

An essay writing competition was conducted in which students of the Zilla Parishad High School and other schools in the area participated with enthusiasm.  The topic for the competition was “Global Warming“.  Children’s participation was overwhelming and the innovative ideas and knowledge about the real concern of ‘global warming’, among the children was appreciable.

The winners were presented with medals and participation certificates. In this context, the school staff and RDF voluntary staff deputed for ARISE project of the Tech Mahindra Foundation were applauded for their contribution in providing high quality education standards for the children. Here are the students who got medals with appreciation certificates –

L-R: M. Mounika – Class 9, Y. Saivarun – Class 7, T. Sunitha – Class 8

Through this partnership, it is the aim of both RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation to provide the best facilities to children from deprived backgrounds, whose families struggle to even send their children to school. For children from remote rural and semi rural areas to research, read, think and analyse events and topics that are global in nature, is truly amazing! It just goes to show how meaningful engagement with staff and students can empower them in such leaps and bounds!

 

Empowering Primary Teachers

The dedication of RDF teachers is a singular cause for the development of RDF schools over its two decades in rural education. There exists a wonderful ecosystem within each school of providing personal and professional training to teachers, thus inspiring teachers to give their best to their classrooms and the children, along with their inherent determination to put in the work required to better the lives of rural children through engaging and innovative classroom practices.

Demo of inventive child centric activities

Having motivated teachers, who benefit from a caring and supportive school environment goes a very long way in providing a enriched environment in which children can thrive and learn. Therefore, ongoing teacher training remains a prime focus.

Interaction with IPPTA facilitators

With this focus, Primary teachers were sent of a training program organized by the Integrated Pre-school Training Academy in Hyderabad. This was conducted for pre-primary and Primary level teachers to understand pedagogical techniques.  4 teachers from Kalleda School, 2 teachers from Redlawada and two teachers from Rollakal attended this event in order to better their teaching practice.

The teachers learnt several methods such as using rhymes, stories, playway method and preparation of teaching and learning materials for English, Maths and EVS from IPPTA facilitators. This helped the teachers understand engaging and fun way to teach their classes, helping children learn in an active and fun environment. Such activities also build rapport between teachers and students, which also plays a crucial role in student responsiveness, helping them learn better.

The teachers came away brimming with new ideas on how to deepen their own learning and deepen student learning too!

Civil Services Trainee Officers’ Visit

What better inspiration can children receive when IAS & IPS officers in training decide to visit students and staff of Redlawada School? 🙂

The bonds of strong community that each RDF school has developed by becoming an integral part of their local communities was demonstrated when the Redlawada village Sarpanch, A. Santhosh and village Wiseman, A. Chandraiah invited trainee officers to the school to interact with the students.

The visitors were very impressed with the facilities being provided to the children in such remote and rural villages and appreciated the efforts being put in by the RDF team to provide high standards of education and infrastructure to these deserving children.

The trainees took classes and also gave tips to students on how to prepare better for higher education and taking competitive examinations. They also gave an emotional speech on the importance of looking after children well in society, providing them with care and encouragement to stand on their own feet, despite their challenging life circumstances. Hence the support these children receive from RDF schools and staff was applauded.

The children felt very happy with the visit and were glad to have their questions about potential future careers answered by the very willing visitors!