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Empowered Alumnus

Each month, the RDF VAPV Junior College invites guests to motivate students in different spheres such as sports, creative fields and academics. Last month the JC team invited an alumnus who is well settled in life and is a teacher.

Afreen was an MPC (Maths, Physics, Chemistry) student of the 2010 batch. She passed her Intermediate exams in 1st division. She was a sincere and intelligent student, always thinking innovatively about her studies and life. Inspired by her college lecturers’ methods of teaching, she joined a Teacher Training course and was successful in getting a job as a Government School teacher at the young age of 20!

She spoke about her journey saying, “My father supported me a lot of achieve my goals. He always told me the values and education play a main role in life. I was also inspired by my teachers. I believe that hard work never fails and everything is possible to the common man if you have the will.” Inspiring words, indeed!

She spoke of how universities have evolved to have a variety of useful courses. She urged the students to select a course based on their interest and passion and that success would automatically follow. As a girl, who was provided the opportunity to pursue education and her dream, she has also committed to sponsor the education of one girl every year.

We are so proud of wise Afreen and are happy that she will continue RDF’s vision to educate and empower girl child education in her own way!

Leading her Future

Harshita, helming a class project and helping her classmates

Very often in schools, there is tendency to see children through the lens of their academic performance only; labelling them as intelligent or slow learners. However, children, like all people have many merits that extend beyond their academic capabilities. RDF teachers receive regular training in order to identify the many talents or behaviours in students that can be honed.

A natural leader and speaker

Receiving the top prize for her performance in a play

Harshita is a Class 9 student in the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership Zilla Parishad High School, Bahadurapally. Her father is an auto driver while her mother is a housewife. Her parents dream big for her, wanting for her, what all parents from underprivileged backgrounds desire – a better life for their kids through education. But Harshita doesn’t always perform well academically. However, her teachers see many great qualities in her which will serve her well in life – she’s good at sports, is honest and courageous and goes out of her way to be helpful to her classmates, other students and her teachers too. She has earned renown for her leadership qualities, taking initiative and responsibilities willingly with a smile in several activities. She is known for tackling problems head-on, be they personal or others’.

Aren’t responsibility, ownership of self and work, problem solving skills, the ability to make decisions and help others, all hallmarks of good leaders and managers? Harshita’s future promises to be bright and whatever she chooses to do, we’re positive, her employers and colleagues will be lucky to have her!

Championing Sports and Girl Power!

Anitha, at work, in the fields

Gugulothu Anitha studying in Intermediate 1st Year in the RDF VAPV Junior College is an inspiration to everyone. She belongs to a poor Scheduled Tribes family, the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was hoping for a boy when she was born and decided to bring her up like a boy. So while traditiona; families such as hers, girls look after household chores and boys help in the field, Anitha has been helping her father in farm work since she was young.

Anitha (5th from L), after winning a tug-of-war championship

However, Anitha is working hard at changing her father’s mindset to show him that girls and boys can do the same work. In Class 10, she started to show an active interest in Tug-of-War and sports such as netball, cricket, mini gold and Wushu. She diligently practiced before and after school, winning 3 medals in National level competitions. The Physical Education Teacher encouraged her interest, which further inspired her.

At a track & field sports meet

She wants to become a National coach and prove that girls are not inferior to boys in any field. It is heartwarming to see her speaking to her father  and showing him, through her accomplishments, to banish his belief that he would have been better off with a son rather than a daughter! We are proud of this empowered and self expressed 16 year old, who has become a role model for many rural girls.

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.

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.

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.