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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!

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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!

Teachers bagged it!!

It’s a unique quality when teachers put in effort in order for their students to feel at comfortable and happy in school. At RDF, we pride ourselves in creating an enriching and invigorating environment in our schools, which has come about due to our belief in a holistic and nurturing approach to education, which applies equally to teachers and students! Since the teachers feel cared for, its natural that they do the same for the students too.

A fun balancing act!

Fun in the playground

In Matendla School, teachers conducted a day full of surprise activities for the children. The only hint they gave them was to say, “Don’t bring your bags to school tomorrow!” The kids were agog with excitement! Mr. Rajireddy, a teacher in the school was put in charge to organise ‘funny games’ for Primary school. He spent several days planning and designing funny games, putting in a lot of effort! The students participated in the funny games amidst a lot of laughing, giggling and talking, which created a buzzing environment in the school!

For the High School children, the school conducted 3 different activites in Telugu, English and Maths. In Telugu and English, groups of students were given short story books, which they had to analyse and make interesting questions in an allocated time of 1 hour. Then the students had great fun posing their questions to one another. It was interesting that many students created questions that needed higher order thinking skills, rather than answers which could be easily found in the story. In the Maths round, the teachers conducted an MNS (Minimum Numerical Skills) test which was introduced by the Vandemataram Foundation. Again, the kids were very curious and solved the problems eagerly – a nice sight to see!

In this way, the team strives to create a positive impact for the children and the community. On this ‘no bag’ day, children were exposed to a variety of new information using interesting games and techniques. Every student enthusiastically participated in all the activities and they showed their prowess at problem solving and creative thinking!

Well done to all the teachers for inspiring the students to show their best and putting together a fun day of learning and play! In this way, RDF schools are always giving scope to children to learn new information and implementing it in their lives. Learning from textbooks and rote education are stifling to learning and creativity. Teachers seriously endeavour to go beyond textbooks and as an NGO, the schools are really working towards building each child’s innate interest, quality and talent!

Bala Sabha

Showing off dance skills!

Melodious singing

A ‘Bala Sabha’ – an ‘Assembly of Children’ was conducted for the very first time in RDF Rollakal School! Though RDF schools are student centric and children are empowered in their daily activities to think and speak freely through the creation of a nurturing and invigorating school environment, this event was special because it was planned and executed ENTIRELY by children! The school staff was amazed with the ease with which the event was conducted, which shows the level of responsibility, attention to detail and planning that was put into place by these young  children.

Yeah! Yoga!!

Little ones, enacting rhymes

In an ode to a democratic system of functioning, the event was performed by the children, for the children and will be now conducted on the last Saturday of each month. The first of this series was a wonderful programme that showcased children’s talent in areas such as literature, music, dance, folk songs, poetry, skits, mimicry and role plays. Even the prizes were carefully selected by the children, which were distributed by the teachers, who came forward in full support!

A captivating skit!

It was a wonderful learning experience for the children too. Many kids who had stage fear were able to handle it and express their views and feelings to the audience. Because they felt empowered, they were able to overcome their self consciousness and gave everything their very best. They put in tremendous research by reading books, newspapers, articles on the internet and magazines in order to plan their pieces for the programme. The level of enthusiasm with the reigns in their hands was phenomenal!

The success of this programme shows that children, when given the right inputs through a nurturing environment, engaged with as intelligent individuals with a diversity of interests and skills, thrive and then bring forth a sense of responsibility and creativity, such as what we saw in Rollakal School.

The Spirit for Sports

RDF puts in a lot of work to go beyond classroom education and arm children with real life skills that will benefit them. Therefore, a lot of effort is put into training teachers, who in turn, mentor children to develop skills that can truly help them in higher education and careers, thus providing them with tools to break the bonds of poverty that they live in. One such route is through sports coaching. We are extremely proud to have produced several District, State, National and even International level players in various sports. All credit goes to the excellent coaching provided by the Physical Education Teachers and the determination and perseverance of students to put in the hard yards and do the very best they can.

Recently, 7 students from RDF Rollakal School participated in Sports School selection competition in Hanamkonda at JNS Stadium. We are very happy that 6 students were selected to the State level Sports School competition. Every year, RDF children make it in sports schools across the state where they can focus on sports and academics together, ultimately getting an entry in Government jobs – a stable source of income and financial freedom for the family!

We feel really happy at the achievement of our students and appreciate the hard work being put in the school’s PET, a well trained teacher, who works patiently with the children each day, giving guidance and instructions concerning every game and sport being played by the children. You can see the dedication from the children, as young as Primary School level, when they come in before school and stay back after school to practice, without being asked to! Now that is motivation!

Such selections have a positive impact on the entire community because other students feel inspired and the ripple effect ensures that they too start focusing more on sports! In addition, time spent outdoors is good for the body, mind and spirit – therefore an atmosphere of good health is also created.

We look forward to the bright future of all these children, who so richly deserve the best that life can offer them!