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Yehoshuva Shines!

In our everyday lives and encounters with children and educational institutions, it would be fairly common to see and hear adults being dismissive of children who don’t show abilities like their more hardworking or successful counterparts. They’re often labelled undisciplined or slow learners; such comparisons dealing a blow to their self esteem and confidence. However, RDF teachers have learnt there are often challenges in their personal lives and an inability to deal with them that often drives such behaviours. The teachers are trained to look beneath the surface, understand what’s really going on and create an approach from there.

The 2 Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF partnership government schools in Bahadurapally have adopted such best practices from RDF schools. Take the case of Yehoshuva, a bright Class 6 student in ZPHS who was always in trouble, in school and outside too. Showing very little interest in studies or other activities at school, he was irregular, a habitual latecomer, showed little interest in wearing the proper uniform, was unkempt and behaved irresponsibility, with a tendency for angry outbursts.

His teachers gave him space to be and treating him with patience. This allowance of him to just be himself, not being compared and labelled and the encouragement given to him slowly allowed him to open up. His attitude changed and with that came an improvement in academic work.

He started coming to school regularly, with attendance improving to 90%! His anger subsided considerably and he started to interact and be nice with his classmates. Understanding how crucial validation and acknowledgement of positive improvements is in young students, the Headmaster called his parents and spoke about these changes. He was appreciated by his teachers too!

Now Yehoshuva is very engaged at school and plays khokho and kabaddi and has developed a keen interest in chess too. He is grateful to the teachers for helping and supporting him, not just academically but in his personal growth too.

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Going the Extra Mile for Extracurricular Activities!

For most educational institutions, extracurricular activities is seen as something outside of regular school work; academics is given greater importance. However, in RDF, we believe that learning happens when it’s fun, therefore we place a lot of emphasis on extracurricular activities too, as the achievements and successes from such activities spill over into all areas of a child’s life, which is what we would like to see!

Our extracurricular activities encompass a gamut such as art/craft, reading/writing, sports and indoor games, poetry and elocution, experiments, with a big dose of fun! Our teachers are trained to spot skills and talents in children, even if they surface in small ways because small doesn’t mean insignificant! This foundation is created right from the time the child starts in our schools. With the encouragement and care of teachers, these children become confident in themselves and their abilities which allows them to face challenges in other areas of their lives too.

In Redlawada School, the teachers spend a considerable amount of time to thoughtfully plan extracurricular activities, so the ‘extra’ effort doesn’t feel like effort! They’ve seen how the smallest of accomplishments or even acknowledgement goes a long way in building self esteem and help students focus on their goals with greater clarity. The sense of play and building interest creates a nurturing environment in the school, which everyone thrives in. Our biggest testament is that the kids enjoy coming to school and interacting with their teachers.

This holistic, whole life education is appreciated by the parent community too, who feel happy that their children are doing well, supported admirably by their dedicated teachers!

Budding Artiste

We love to see how encouragement and care from teachers can bring out children’s innate talents. An abiding philosophy to develop children’s skills and creating an atmosphere of vibrancy in a school is what we strive towards and has been encourage in the 2 government schools under the partnership of Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF.

Yashwanth, a Class 5 student in MPPS, Bahadurapally surprised everyone during the preparation of the 26th January festivities. A skit, titled ‘Amma’, on the love and affection of a mother had a female lead initially, but was given to Yashwanth, who wanted to portray and female character! His performance, right from the mannerisms of a mother, to his dress and dialogue delivery as a mother blew everyone away! Everyone was really moved by his performance and the Chief Guest, M.P.T.C. Mrs. Annapurna requested an encore and gifted Rs. 500 to the participants!

Yashwanth is full of energy and is dedicated to developing himself in every area that interests him, with sports being another field he’s exploring and doing well in. It’s lovely to see children blossom under the guidance of their teachers. It’s also a testament to teachers’ dedication and we are proud of such a culture being established in the school, with the support of the school management.

 

Hats off to Maths Achievers!

Sunitha

Sunitha and Aruna are Class 10 students from the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF partnership government ZPH school, Bahadurapally. Both are sincere and bright girls who are doing well in school. Both were selected from the school to participate in a Mandal level Maths talent test for government and private schools. The competition was intense and at any rate, the stress level related to Maths is high! Still, both girls had prepared well in school and were ready to give the test their very best!

Aruna

 

 

 

 

 

51 students from various school participated in this event and we are very proud to announce that Sunitha and Aruna walked away with the 1st and 2nd prize respectively! What a proud achievement for  the 2 girls who are first generation learners. Both received a cash award of Rs. 500 each from TNR Academy.  From here, they were selected to participate at the District level, where they missed the top spot by just 1 mark. With their confidence intact and in fact, soaring; the girls are extremely grateful to their Maths teacher, Mr. Narayana, who is very supportive and teaches Maths well! He worked alongside them, to coach them for both competitions.

We are proud to see the TMF students responding so positively to the caring environment that has been created in the 2 government schools supported by this initiative. We also thank the teachers for taking care of the students’ talents and encouraging them to pursue their interests. Well done, everyone!

Buzzing about Quizzing!

Quizzing brings such a buzz and though competitive, it does lead to an atmosphere of healthy competition, honing awareness and analytical skills and tons of fun! RDF children love their Saturday programme that involves many interesting activities such as theatre, debate and declamation, music, games and quizzes!

The reason to do this simple – making learning fun and engaging for the kids by encouraging them to improve their skills and knowledge in different areas. Students of classes 3 to 5 in Matendla School participated in a quiz competition that tested their general knowledge, reasoning abilities and analytical skills. We were delighted to see how sharp the kids were! It was wonderful to see them ruminate on the logic and reasoning questions and come up with the right answers!  It also provided them with an opportunity to build confidence by honing their presentation skills by speaking in front of an audience.

Our teachers work hard to create a good learning environment for our first generation learners. It’s great to see the hard work pay off through the kids reciprocating these efforts by putting in their own effort and everyone having fun and learning so much through the process!

Family Role Play

Role plays are such an interesting way to get children to understand concepts. They also love the experience of preparing and acting – everyone has a hidden performer inside!

The Redlawada School Primary School Social Studies teacher decided to use Role Play for the lesson on Families and Relationships. They children were understandably excited when he put the idea across to them. In true theatre style, he did an audition to match characters from the lesson to students most suited to play them. After some rehearsal, the kids were ready! Needless to say, the kids were absolutely natural! The remaining student had a good time watching them and were able to understand the lesson easily.

What helped the children imbibe their characters easily was also the fact that they are observant. They observe parents, grandparents, the extended family; their role outside the home and in family and social dynamics. ‘Learning through Doing’ is a popular learning method which has yielded great results in RDF schools. We are happy that the teachers look for ways to meaningfully engage with their students and teach lessons in interesting ways. Watching and enacting what they are learning in their text is a surefire way for them to recall key concepts, plus taking inspiration from their own families contextualizes the lesson for them.

Well done – to the teachers and children of Redlawada School – for creating a rich and fun learning environment!

An Educational Trip

Student and teacher development through student exchanges, peer learning, variety of training programs, mentoring with subject experts etc. are an intrinsic part of RDF’s approach to rural education. Silver Oaks has championed RDF’s cause for over 10 years and has been working closely with the 4 RDF schools. This time, it was the RDF VAPV Junior College students who got an opportunity to travel to Hyderabad to learn about their approach to education and have an open, sharing session.

17 students and 6 lecturers visited the campus and spent the day meeting teachers and students. They observed classroom interactions and methods of teaching, single and group projects, the use of technology, communication skills, sports and the layout and neatness of the campus.

Mrs. Seetha Murty, the school Principal engaged with the students on ‘Time Management Skills’. She explained how studies and extra curricular activities can be balanced and asked everyone for their inputs. In the ‘Technology’ class, they learnt about the usage of Khan Academy and Olabs – websites that are highly interactive and very useful for students. AIn the session on English and Communication skills, the students were given tips on how to communicate clearly and the importance of developing their English language skills.

Koppu Rajeshwari of MPC 1st Year said, “It was such a wonderful experience to me. I enjoyed a lot by visiting the Silver Oaks International School. I love the way of teaching and class appearance like limited students, computer with internet facility, projector and friendly nature students and teachers. I have learnt many things which are useful to my education and also further studies. In time management class I explained my problem to madam. She solved my problem and given suggestion to me. The teachers taught strategies in education, communication skill. There are many advantages which help me to learn more. There is a good education and sports attracted me well. I thank to RDF management to give a wonderful opportunity to visit the school.”

Overall, it was an enriching day for the RDF team and they have brought back their new knowledge and are already sharing it with their friends on campus! We love watching the children absorb from the world around them, and most importantly, apply their learnings to their lives!