Archive for October, 2019

Inspiring through Art

Coming from very humble backgrounds, our students make us so proud with their spirit and what they are able to achieve. Md. Fathima is an alumnus of MPPS, Bahadurapally. With the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership breathing new air into the school, many students like Fathima really blossomed.

A curious, active and intelligent girl, Fathima threw herself wholeheartedly into everything she did. Art was an area of inspiration for her and she was encouraged by the school Headmaster and her teachers.  Now a 1st Year Intermediate student, keen to pursue medicine, she continues to hone her drawing and artistic skills. Recently, the local ‘She-Team’ which have been set up by the Telangana Government for the safety and security of women, conducted a drawing competition on ‘Harassment of Girls’, in which she did very well and received a ‘Bala Mitra’ (Friends of Children) award at the District Level. The award was presented by Hyderabad Commissioner, V.C. Sajjanar and renowned educationist, Dr. Chukka Ramaiah. She felt very proud of receiving the award from such eminent personalities and being recognized for her talent.

We are proud that Fathima is being socially conscientious and can inspire women through her artwork. We wish Fathima the very best in life and with her enthusiasm, we are sure she will continue to do very well in whatever she chooses to do.

No Short Cuts to Sports Development

RDF leaves no stone unturned to provide the best quality education and excellent facilities in a rural school. Many local schools do not have a spacious playground and there is more focus on academics. However, for us,  sports is an essential component of education and our students are always encouraged to take up sports. With a multitude of sports achievers to our credit, students sports achievements have also allowed them to get admission in central or state government funded sports schools and colleges as well as bag government positions. Having a playground also means that students can learn new sports Our sports teachers, who are also part of the local community and hence understand the unique challenges in rural education, are always going the extra mile in order to provide the best to the students.

In Redlawada School, students are learning how to play Shotput. To start with, the children practice with a stone that weighs the same as a shotput and are then progressed to play with the actual shotput. The kids respond beautifully to teachers taking an interest in their development which allows them to learn things fast and show a high level of commitment. We have seen that providing good infrastructure and a nurturing environment works wonders!

A Working Vacation

Working, with a smile on his face!

Ranjith Udutha is an Intermediate 1st Year (equivalent of Class 11) residential student at RDF VAPV Junior College. During Dusheraa vacation, Ranjith went home to his village and decided that he would utilize his time working alongside his parents who are cotton pickers. Cotton picking is hard work, but Ranjith was determined to financially assist his family. Due to his enthusiasm to work, he insisted that his parents rest for some days.

 

 

 

 

 

We really appreciate Ranjith’s spirit and  thoughtfulness in looking after his parents and help out at home too. In fact, we are super proud of all our students, who understand the sacrifices their parents are making, to ensure that they remain in school, complete their education and create a financially stable and better life for themselves. So we often see many students helping and working during vacations. Their sincerity and determination inspires us in many ways and makes our work all the more meaningful!

 

Co-creating and Collaborating

At RDF, we believe in collaborative learning, for staff and students alike. There are constant channels of communication between the school teams to share and learn from each other. This creates the feeling of being a part of a large family and community that has everyone’s best interests at heart.

A powerful development method that we’ve been following is ‘Inter School Observation’ in which the in-charges and heads of departments for each subject visit the other schools twice per year. Between our four schools, that’s plenty of opportunity to observe and reflect from each school. When a school team visits another school, they examine various aspects of the school such as the school routine, management strategies, teaching strategies, admin functions, building maintenance, communication skills, learners’ interest and much more. Through such detailed study and open discussions, the team learns new techniques, strategies, ideas and resources. It contributes tremendously to their personal and professional development.

The staff looks forward to visiting their sister schools as well as receiving teams from other schools. They truly feel happy about supporting each other and getting better skilled as teachers and managing the schools efficiently. They believe that in this way they are able to co-create a nurturing teaching-learning environment and create great schools!

A Passion for Art

Talent is always noticed and encouraged in RDF schools. Supporting children’s innate talent gives them a lot of confidence, which transfers into other areas of their life too.

Tagore, a Class 6 student of Rollakal School is a gifted artist who has always been encouraged by his father, Vinay, to not just pursue studies, but his art too. A daily wage labourer, who lost his wife when Tagore and his younger sister were very young, Vinay is a loving father and is determined to provide for their education.

Tagore’s drawings are greatly commended by everyone in school too. He has a keen interest in drawing pictures of Gods and Goddesses, animals and birds, which he draws with finesse. He wants to become an engineer and pursue his passion for drawing simultaneously. Even though he’s young, he teaches drawing to other children, who show a lot of enthusiasm to learn from him!

We wish him the best in everything he dreams of pursuing in life!

Clean Villages, Clear Intentions!

Villagers & students, clearing a ground together

Completing school is just one aspect of how RDF engages with its school community. Our education methodology focuses strongly on creating well rounded individuals who care not just on themselves as individuals, but are also inspired to act and create change in the world. This change begins with home.

Social awareness is a vital part of our education and every aspect of what they learn also focuses on how it can help their local, rural communities in positive ways. Inspired by the ‘Swachch Bharat’ (Clean India) campaign instituted by the central and state governments, the students of Matendla School organized an awareness campaign to keep their villages clean. The entire campaign was conceptualized and implemented by the students! The locals participated enthusiastically too and together, they pledged to work together and keep their environment beautiful and clean.

We are super proud of these young agents of change and the energy and vigor with which they take on challenges!

Innovation Galore!

There’s innovative and interesting teaching and learning happening in so many different ways in RDF schools. Despite running for 23 years, the creativity we see in our classrooms and outside them too, never ceases to amaze us!

The exquisitely cut peepal leaf map

Nikhil sir’s chalk stupa in the news!

In Rollakal School, teacher Nikhil has gained local renown for his expertise in micro arts. While studying  B.Ed, he made 2 oxen with ragadi soil that looked lifelike! He did this project to honour rural India and symbolize that the farmer is the back bone of India. He has also made chalk engravings such as the Stupa of Telangana Martyrs and the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the school, he cut the map of India on a Peepal leaf which looks fantastic! Our students are thrilled to learn these art forms from him & understand how art can also create employment.

Girls, leading & teaching a class

In Redlawada School, the Class 9 students in have created a system to learn independently when a teacher is absent. Two students select the subject and topic, with one doing the reading and the other writing the important points on the board. We are proud of their ability to self organize and take responsibility for their education, engage proactively and feel empowered to lead!

All attention, as students listen to football instructions

In Matendla School, the Class 9 Hindi teacher created a very interesting lesson on Football, which was in the syllabus, by actually organizing a football match for the students! So excited did this news make the kids, that they raised the money to purchase a shiny, new football! The Physical Education Teacher was brought on board to explain the rules and show them how to play. It was a wonderful day of play and learning as the boys and girls played together, learnt about team spirit, discipline, motivation and practice!

The ‘Quick Cleaner’, at work!

In the RDF VAPV Junior College, who knew that studying in the corridor and watching the sweeper try unsuccessfully to clear out the rain water, would lead to a creative burst? This is what happened with Venkatesh who wondered how to create a cleaner that could sweep out the water using less manpower and less time? As an avid Physics student, he drew models for feedback from the Principal. With his encouragement and funding, he quickly came up with a working model which was demonstrated to the teachers and students. With more design inputs, the college now has a ‘Quick Cleaner’ which has made life so much easier. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

The staff and students indeed make studying in RDF schools a wonderful world!