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Our Role in Enrollment

The Telangana Government has launched the ‘Professor Jaya Shankar Badibata Programme’ which aims to drive enrollment levels in schools by motivating and encouraging families to enroll school age children and school dropouts to join neighbourhood government schools.

ZPHS students in the school enrollment rally in Bahadurapally

As part of this initiative, students of the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zilla Parishad High School, along with staff from ZPHS and the Mandal Parishal Primary School, conducted an awareness program and rally in and around the village of Bahadurapally.

Students, as spokespersons of their school, spoke to parents to encourage them to send their children to school, giving details about the high quality of education and facilities that are being provided as part of the school improvement partnership between TMF and RDF.

Students talking to the local community during the drive

The villagers responded positively and were found to be aware of best practices being implemented both the government schools through existing parents and children.

With many school age children still not in school and school dropouts getting marginalized in society; such initiatives are crucial to helping families making an informed decision to send their wards to school.

 

Health Check-Up

Focus on health and hygiene is an integral part of RDF’s engagement with children. This aspect has also been implemented in the Government schools that are sponsored by the Tech Mahindra Foundation, as part of our partnership with them and the ‘School Quality Improvement Program’. Dental doctors from M.R. College visited the Government Mandal Parishad Primary School, which was conducted pro bono by the visiting doctors. Each child was checked thoroughly, with individual care instructions. The basics of oral hygiene and care were explained to the children via a presentation. The camp concluded with the distribution of dental kits that consisted of a toothbrush and toothpaste for every child.

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Donor Sponsorship for RDF Alumni

RDF has now been working for the cause of rural education for two decades. Many are aware that RDF’s work to educate rural children is sustainable due to support from financial donors and volunteers. However, RDF continues to remain invested in children’s futures even after they leave school. Many students want to pursue higher education and have the ability and skill to do well, but are constrained due to lack of finances. So, RDF strives to provide financial sponsorship for deserving alumni in order for them to take up professional courses, through which they are able to become financially stable, support their families and help them out of poverty.

Narsimlu (R) with Matendla School Headmaster, Mr. Vishnumurthy, at his canteen

Narsimlu (R) with Matendla School Headmaster, Mr. Vishnumurthy, at his canteen

One such example is that of Narsimlu who completed schooling from Matendla School and wanted to pursue Hotel Management. With the help of RDF wellwisher, Mr. Vikram Reddy who decided to sponsor Narsimlu’s dreams, he was able to get admission in a Hotel Management course in Hyderabad.. Post service training at Taj Hotel, Hyderabad, he turned into an entrepreneur by hiring a running canteen in Tirupathi, a popular pilgrim destination in Andhra Pradesh. His enterprise is a success due to his hard work and has been able to provide a firm financial foundation for his family.

anjaliAnjali, another alumnus of Matendla School, got a free seat in B. Tech in Hyderabad. However, she still needed to pay Rs. 40,000 towards hostel fees. At this point, Mrs. Kavita Subba Rao, stepped in to sponsor her fees so that she could complete her education. With this timely monetary support, Anjali has completed her B. Tech and has procured a job in an E-data company.

Magnanimous donors such as Mr. Reddy and Mrs. Subba Rao provide much needed support that allows RDF’s deserving student to break the poverty cycle. Together, we meet RDF’s vision of educating and empowering underprivileged children – something that the RDF family and our student’s families are always grateful for.

Sterling Silver Partnership!

Silver Oaks team with the Matendla School team

Silver Oaks team with the Matendla School team

Teaching demo session by SO teacher for Primary teachers

Teaching demo session by SO teacher for Primary teachers

Silver Oaks – The School of Hyderabad, a reputed international school, has been a long standing education partner for RDF. The Silver Oaks team has designed the curriculum for Primary School and has been giving specialised inputs for High School, including teacher training in various aspects of education management. The training is complemented by regular visits by the staff to monitor and review the teaching and learning practices, which has provided immense benefits to RDF teachers and students.

High School students of SO & MS interacting

High School students of SO & MS interacting

On 29th September 2016, 4 staff members and selected children visited RDF Matendla School and spent quality time there. Teachers and students interacted with Matendla School students and staff and cleared their doubts, shared knowledge and their best practices.

This support system by Silver Oaks to enhance the quality of education in RDF schools is something we are very grateful for!

Billiards and beaming smiles!

The RDF Team always looks at providing new and interesting opportunities for the children enrolled in its schools. Over the past 20 years, it has been our privilege to have partnered with many inspirational organisations and individuals who have selflessly given their time and commitment to join hands with us to do more for the cause of rural education.

RDF BilliardsThe children also soak up new information, experiences and training like sponges! In June, we had written about Synchrony Financial, Hyderabad, organising summer training for students of the four RDF schools. At the graduation ceremony held at their i-Labs campus, the kids were introduced to the game of Billiards.
After a demonstration of playing techniques by the Synchrony Financial team, the children took a literal shot at the game! It took some getting used to, but the kids overall enjoyed the new game!

With no effort being spared to create an experience rich environment for them academically as well as in sports and other extracurricular activities, we always hope that it ignites a spark somewhere in the children, who always make us proud! 🙂

Positive feedback for RDF!

Dr. Shyamala with the school team

Dr. Shyamala with the school team

Any NGO needs the support of its partners in order to fulfill its vision and mission for the highest benefit of its primary stakeholders. Financial support from individuals and organisations that share the vision is an integral aspect of managing program operations.

One of RDF’s long term partners has been the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) that has been financially supporting RDF for several years. The funds received are utilised in three core areas viz. teacher training, infrastructure development and provision of teaching and learning materials. RDF provides regular reporting to its funding partners regarding the utilization of funds in the areas that the funds are meant to be allocated to.

Observing High School Science exhibits

Observing High School Science exhibits

In May, CAF representative, Dr. Shyamala, visited RDF schools to review the activities and operations and utilization of CAF funds. She spent the day observing primary and high school classes, Science exhibits and Art work, Library, Computer and English labs, digital sessions and cultural activities. She also examined documents and evidence. She spent time interacting with primary and high school teachers as well as parents, school staff and RDF Headoffice staff to get their feedback on RDF’s work.

Interacting with Primary School children & teachers

Interacting with Primary School children & teachers

She was very happy with what she saw, commending RDF’s work for rural children and rural communities and gave a very positive review to the team. RDF received a Valedictory Certificate from CAF after the report was shared. We are very pleased with her positive review and hope to have a long lasting partnership with CAF.

Partners in Progress

RDF’s mission of delivering high quality education to rural children is on the right path due to the dedication, commitment and passion of  Silver Oaks School in Hyderabad.  A relationship going back nearly a decade, Silver Oaks has been responsible for creating contextualized educational materials for us as well as delivering ongoing teacher training. In addition to this wonderful work, they also organize an annual fundraiser with the students, parents and teachers of the school which contributes a significant amount of money towards our educational goals. The relationship continues to be augmented by cultural and educational visits by Silver Oaks students, as well as by their teachers for reviews and ongoing training. We are indebted to the Silver Oaks team for their commitment and dedication to helping us deliver high quality education to rural children.

Matendla School was visited by a former student of Silver Oaks last month – Aditya Mankal. He spent the day interacting with students and teachers as well as observing the various activities undertaken in the school.  He wrote a very expressive and generous report which we have reproduced here. MS Blog Aditya 1

In a country where education is considered holy, a teacher is termed as a God, it is known to all that basic education is still a distant dream for the many young. With the concern and services rendered to the rural poor children by RDF schools across the country, pursuing education no longer remains confined to dreams. Welcome to the RDF school at Matendla! A place where children greeting us with folded hands show the cultural immersion they are experiencing and discipline imbibed. Dedication is one very apt word to describe the students and the teaching team of this place. It would never be an exaggeration to attribute these young students as the tomorrow’s pride of India.

MS Blog Aditya 2A person visiting the school would not be able to leave the place without appreciating the attitude the students have towards every little thing in their day. The teaching team with the guidance of Mr Vishnu, the principal of RDF Matendla strive for augmenting these students with every skill they need. The day here starts with a prayer to the almighty, an energising set of stage activities, followed by the National anthem and a disciplined walk back to the class rooms sets off the 1st hour of teaching. Being visited every section in the school, I can vouch for the interest every person has towards their role, from every senior teacher to the youngest tot in the pre primary! Hats off to their commitment and dedication.

A mid day meal break shows something mesmerising to watch and learn from! The hall remains silent, students start with a prayer, and none of them wastes any food. Who better knows the value of a food grain than those who hail from the families who raise it! Something for us urbanites to ponder over…

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It’s an irony within itself that those who deserve every learning facility, the Internet, and the best of schools do not have it, and we who have it often tend to overlook what we are lucky to have. The journey back home had me wondering as to who was under privileged. Agreed the Kuber resides with we people in the urban, but these students easily overweigh all what we have and do. I would say that these students are ‘better privileged’. Something which even earning a six digit salary cannot match up to… Thank you does not begin to describe how grateful I am for my stay at Matendla. It’s was pleasure to be with such talented, bright and sincere children, who are going to make it. Kudos to the efforts being put in by the RDF team…..they are also the nation builders!”

We thank Aditya, who is also a nation builder, in our opinion, for it is the understanding, compassion and commitment of the current urban generation – young people like Aditya – that will take rural education to the next level and build the nation!