Archive for the ‘Youth Empowerment’ Category

Sailing towards your Goals

15 year old T. Ajay of Kalleda School has put his nose to the grindstone and worked extremely hard to get admission in Hakimpet Sports School. A student in the school from Class 1 – 4, he performed very well in sports, especially Kho-Kho and Athletics. The schools’ Physical Education Teacher noticed his interest and prowess and encouraged him.

With the support of the management and PET, Ajay participated in many competitions and eventually was selected in the Hakimpet  Sports School. While he is no longer a part of RDF, we continue to follow the progress of our alumni closely.

His main event in the school in ‘Sailing’. He participated in the International Junior ‘Sailing’ competition in Chennai and came in 6th place! We love to share stories like these with our current students to help them see the power of discipline, dedication and determination. Stories like Ajay’s provide tremendous inspiration to our rural children who can then believe that goals are achievable and dreams are possible. It also allows the local community to understand that there is more to education than academics and that talent and building skill in other areas can also help students achieve success.

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Dancing towards your Dreams!

Harsh is an alumnus of Redlawada School. From the time he was in school, he was passionate about dancing.Whenever he got the opportunity, he would showcase his dance skills. He was encouraged by his teachers to keep building his skills which helped immensely with his confidence and motivated him to keep practising and improving.

Recently, he formed a ‘Kolatam’ group in Redlawada village. This is a traditional, rural dance form that he wants to propagate. He has inspired many local youngsters to join him and is providing dance coaching to them. His hard work is paying off when he won an Appreciation Certificate at a District level Kolatam competition.

His dream is to reach new heights of dancing and encourage local talent.

He acknowledges the role played by RDF in reaching for his dancing goals since RDF focuses on developing children’s innate talent, in addition to academics.

His family is very happy at how his life is shaping up and is proud of his achievements. Other students are inspired by his passion, his achievements and his helping boost new talent.

We are so proud of Harsh for not only his personal accomplishment, but that he’s also devoting time and energy to help others improve their skills and reach for their dreams

On Your Marks!

Sporting activities have got a new angle at Matendla School.  A new perspective has been brought in through the ‘Marks for Sports’ programme that was introduced by RDF Director, Mr. Andrian Kennedy. The aim is to encourage children to improve their sports skills by treating sports as a regular subject and allotting marks.

Marks for Sports is a 5 star fitness programme. It has been introduced and implemented in Matendla School before being taken to the other schools. The process was started by testing the students in 5 categories viz. Shuttle Run, Toe Touch, Standing Jump, 9 Minute Run and Speed (50 metres) Run. Student performances are recorded and a star rating system is assigned for each test – the stars are equivalent to the performance based scores in the tests. Any student who doesn’t qualify can attempt the test again in the next academic year.

The students are enjoying the new system and are pushing themselves to perform better. It is hoped that not only will the students improve their sporting skills and enhance their performance, but that they will receive the benefits of taking up sporting activities such as improved coordination, flexibility, stamina etc, regardless of their marks.

This is yet another way to engage our students productively and gives them an avenue to participate in interesting activities to develop their skills. We are glad that they have taken to this programme and are thoroughly enjoying themselves!

All Ado about Maths!

National Mathematics Day is celebrated in fun ways in RDF schools. Rollakal School paid an ode to Ramanujam, the brilliant mathematician through a special prayer service and then having a full day of interesting Maths based activities.

The teachers worked hard at creating quizzes, riddles, number games, problem solving and logical thinking questions in order to engage the children in a variety of mathematical operations and have fun at the same time.  Games such as ‘Four Operations’, ‘EasyMortification’, ‘Numerical Ability’ and ‘Maths Buzz’ sure created a ton of buzz in the school campus! The kids were drawn in with the format of quiz and games and showed a lot of enthusiasm to engage their minds to solve the problems put to them. The winners in each activity won prizes.

‘Gamefying’ any subject is a sure-shot way of injecting fun and we know that learning happens seamlessly when something is fun. Also, kids love challenges; so they were raring to go to use their reasoning and problem solving skills to tackle the problems.

In this way, RDF schools create a positive learning environment  which encourages children to engage in meaningful ways in their own learning and enhance their skills and talents in different areas.

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!

Here’s to Healthy Living!

Mounisha (L), explaining the theory of natural and healthy living

Mounisha, a 2nd Year BPC student at the RDF VAPV Junior College, has been providing nutritional coaching to her friends, after learning about harmful chemical additives in fruit. A Chemistry lesson on how chemicals impact the nature of fruits and soil, in turn harming our health and Iives had a profound impact on her. She says, “My teacher explained about the number of chemical being used in growing vegetables and fruits – that the fruits, vegetables and chicken are contaminated. I was concered about this and explained to my friends how eating such produce impacts our health and our future negatively. I took my friends to the Chemistry lab and explained this to them in a practical way.”

“I came up with a list of ‘Do’s and Don’ts for my friends and the community, which are” –

 Don’t:

  • Don’t drink cold drinks. It pollutes our bodies and the environment
  • Don’t eat fruits and vegetables sprayed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides etc.
  • Don’t eat boiler chicken

Do’s:

  • Drink coconut water
  • Eat naturally grown fruits and vegetables, that have been grown without use of chemicals
  • Cook vegetables using natural ingredients
  • Eat free roaming, natural country chicken (Natu Kodi)

The practical lesson!

Mounisha’s friends took her message to heart and have agreed to spread this awareness in their communities about eating natural foods and avoiding the use and consumption of produce grown with chemicals. We are very proud to see Mounisha making an empowered decision not just for her health, but those of her friends, their families and the extended community too! We hope that her concern and practical solutions find its way into many homes, enabling them to make healthier choices and lead healthier lives.

Taking to Taekwondo

RDF’s first generation learners join school carrying hopes for a better life through the power of education. Unfortunately, many schools interpret education to mean classroom learning, but RDF realizes that education and learning goes far beyond textbook education. It lies in following a child’s interest and nurturing it to give them a sense of self and a belief in their abilities. Hence, RDF schools focus on the all round development of its children and a key area of focus is sports and games.

The impressive medal haul at the District level Taekwondo competition

RDF children have been doing very well in sports, having won many accolades right from the Mandal to the National level and international level participation too. The number of sports that these eager to learn kids have been specializing in has also grown in scope from athletics and archery to yoga, martial arts and fencing too! Redlawada School’s expansive grounds are being put to good use for sports development, with Taekwondo training being offered by the Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Thirupathi. Since this is a new sport, the kids have been practicing sincerely every morning and evening in the school. Their hard work is bearing fruit, with 22 students selected to participate in the District level Sub junior Taekwondo championship in Tandur. 14 students won Bronze and 8 won Silver, with 3 students selected to State level! That is wonderful news and a powerful confidence booster for our young Taekwondo fledglings!

The proud Taekwondo team

Such selections and achievements create a very powerful impact on not just the students, but at the school and community level too, since parents can see the difference in their children through sports participation. It builds their trust that their child is in good hands and that teachers truly care for their betterment.  Such achievements create an inspirational buzz in the school and there is collective feeling of pride. It pushes other students to take up a particular sport too. This build a great atmosphere in the school. We are super proud of Redlawada School’s encouragement of its students. We know they’re now eyeing the National level and we pray, that like their counterparts in Kalleda and Matendla schools, they too achieve this next step in their sports journey.