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The Science of Good Teaching

Ongoing teacher training is an integral aspect of the education methodology in RDF schools and the RDF – Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership government schools. By investing in teachers’ personal and professional development, we can be certain that the best methodologies can be passed on to the primary beneficiaries – the rural children, who deserve the best.

Teachers, engrossed during the workshop

A Science Training Programme was conducted by the ‘Sahayata Trust’ for primary school teachers. Two teachers from the Mandal Parishad Primary School (MPPS) were selected for this training. They were trained in effective classroom instruction techniques so that students understand and retain concepts, instead of forgetting them. They also learnt to use low cost materials to create interesting teaching – learning materials to make the learning environment interesting and fun.

Proud graduates of the teacher training programme

There was a post training follow up done by a team leader from the trust for observation and review of both teachers. They were very happy with how the teachers were implementing their new learning and the improved teaching methodology in the classroom. We are certain that the teachers will pass on their new learning to other teachers and contribute to a good teaching-learning environment in the school.

Competitors and Comrades!

It’s a delight to see healthy competition between our students, who not only compete, but also support each others’ development!

K. Harshitha and A. Vyshali are Class 6 students in Rollakal School. They love attending school and participate in every school activity such as games & sports, debates, English anchoring during assembly, and trying to get the top rank in class.

Both girls share one thing in common – they’re incredibly self motivated and are looked up to by their peers. With the active encouragement and support of the teachers, both are gaining more confidence in their abilities. It gives us great pleasure to see the growth and development of rural girls through education. We are certain that both will do very well in whatever they choose to do in life.

A Discussion on Women’s Issues & Empowerment

Building a keen sense of social responsibility forms a core part of RDF’s pedagogy. Debates and discussions on social issues are regularly organized, within the school campuses and in the wider community too, as part of awareness building campaigns.

Kalleda School recently organized a discussion with students on the themes of ‘Women’s Empowerment, Equality and Protection’. The important conclusion that the students came to, was the necessity to have fast tract courts to get instant judgment, especially in women’s harassment cases. Through this discussion, they also learnt about women’s rights and laws for protection of women.

We believe that our students need development in many areas, not limited to academics. Going beyond textbook education, by engaging them in relevant and contextual issues, allows them to widen their world view, gain new knowledge and build skills that will help them for life.

A Feast of Festivals!

Kalleda School celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday (Krishnashtami)

India is a country, rich with cultural traditions and festivals. It’s a link to our history and is a wonderful way to keep generations in touch with the best that our history offers.

Festivals such as Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Diwali (Festival of Lights), Raksha Bandhan (celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters), Krishnastami (Lord Krishna’s birth celebration), Boddemma (honouring the feminine divine) etc. are celebrated and cherished in RDF schools.

Girls celebrating Bodemma

By celebrating every festival together, the children learn not just the rituals pertaining to a festival, but also the values embedded in the festivals and their rituals such as respecting elders, behaving with kindness, helping others, sharing what we have etc. We believe understanding the deeper nuances of our festivals help build character and good citizens.

The pictures accompanying this post are from Kalleda School.

Radiant Rajeshwari!

Seeing children blossom in a nurturing learning environment is a delight to witness. Our teachers are trained to spot students’ talents and skills and encourage them. This teacher training has been imparted by RDF staff to the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership Government schools in Bahadurapally too.

Rajeshwari, a class 5 student is quite the role model for her peers. She is self directed and self motivated which shows in her academic and extracurricular performance and is especially interested in sports and drawing. She is committed to improving her English communication skills which makes English her favourite subject! In fact, English speaking skills are equal to those of English medium school students!

She is also helpful towards other students and spends interval time to read books and help her younger brother with his reading and writing skills. Her ambition is to study well and become a doctor. She is very happy with the good quality of education being provided in her school and feels grateful to her teachers for supporting her every step of the way.

Friday-Dryday

The Telangana Government has launched an initiative ‘Friday-Dryday’ to combat diseases arising from mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water. This has been taken up by RDF schools with enthusiasm, as an integral aspect of working with the local communities and a commitment to social responsibility.

The Matendla School team comprising of students and teachers, along with local leaders, created an awareness campaign to help villagers understand the danger of storing water in uncovered barrels, drums and pots in and around their houses for long periods of time. They were made to understand how mosquitoes lay eggs in open water, creating breeding grounds and creating various diseases from mosquito bites.

This situation is preventable, so in response to this scheme and the Matendla School campaign, the villagers have started a ‘dry day’ on each Friday, when they gather to clean stagnant water in their homes and in the village, to ensure areas are dry. We’re happy to see the community working together to create safe surrounding and contributing to their wellbeing.

Bridging Communities

RDF’s work extends well beyond the classrooms and the walls of the school. Community engagement is a core part of our mission. Over the years, each school team has worked with utmost commitment to motivate the rural communities about the power of education, educating girl children, mitigating social issues, increasing awareness about environment issues etc. With a core tenet of transparency, many bridges have been built between each school and the rural communities in which they operate.

Our holistic education philosophy and academic and extracurricular accomplishments have led many organisations and individuals to visit our school, with a view to understand our work and find meaningful ways to contribute.

Rollakal School was visited by some students from a Hyderabad based corporate school and their parents, with a view to meet students and clarify subject specific doubts. There was a lively discussion regarding various subjects and the visitors were impressed with the students’ understanding and knowledge about various subjects and concepts.

The Class 10 students met separately to talk about the Class 10 exams, get advice on preparation, sitting for competitive exams and career development. They also conducted a fun quiz competition, which met with an enthusiastic response. Together, they played volleyball, badminton and cricket, ending the day on a high.

While leaving, they said, “The village and the school environment is filled with greenery. It’s a beautiful environment. We are very happy that our children enjoyed themselves with the children in the school, like their brothers and sisters.”