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Crafting Fun

Wonderful cardboard creations!

We are all born with creative capabilities and these abilities are honed in RDF schools, based on the particular interest of a child. This approach has created wonders in many children, making them more confident in themselves, believing in their abilities, becoming more creative in a particular art or craft and helping others learn too!

As part of Art & Culture classes in Kalleda School, Class 10 students made various handmade designs. Through such sessions, we are also able to promote local art and craft practices, thus keeping cultural vibrancy intact. The pre-primary and primary children observed the making of these designs, which they did with rapt attention. After that, they were then encouraged to make their own. The kids, older and younger, loved making stuff with their friends and teachers. The community feeling of learning in joy and sharing was palpable!

Proudly displaying all their creations

The children are now using the extended time to make even more interesting and wonderful art and craft items. The children also learn no-fuss, no-mess and low cost ways of making their designs, which can help community handicrafts immensely.

Everyone has been having fun making their sharing their items. So think of a fun art or craft project with your family and we guarantee you will have a lot of fun!

Turning a Precious Life Around

When Deva, currently in Class 4, joined the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation government Primary School, we was a very silent boy. He refused to interact with either his classmates or his teachers and was uncommunicative too. He preferred staying alone, in his own world. Since the teachers have been trained in helping students at their own pace, they never pushed him to do anything he wasn’t ready for.

Deva (circled), proudly displaying a work of art

Over a period of time, their gentle encouragement allowed him to open up. As he started to come out of his shell, there was a complete turnaround in his attitude and behavior! He become enthusiastic and engaged in his studies, games, sports, art & craft, drawing etc. Now he is called an ‘all rounder’!

It is a blessing to witness such change in students’ lives. Once again, we thank the teachers, who are sincere students during their own training and eager to implement everything they learn. We are so happy for Deva and grateful to the teachers for their hard work at helping the students. This is how change and empowerment can be created – one step and one child at a time – with care and patience! 🙂

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.

A Passion for Art

Talent is always noticed and encouraged in RDF schools. Supporting children’s innate talent gives them a lot of confidence, which transfers into other areas of their life too.

Tagore, a Class 6 student of Rollakal School is a gifted artist who has always been encouraged by his father, Vinay, to not just pursue studies, but his art too. A daily wage labourer, who lost his wife when Tagore and his younger sister were very young, Vinay is a loving father and is determined to provide for their education.

Tagore’s drawings are greatly commended by everyone in school too. He has a keen interest in drawing pictures of Gods and Goddesses, animals and birds, which he draws with finesse. He wants to become an engineer and pursue his passion for drawing simultaneously. Even though he’s young, he teaches drawing to other children, who show a lot of enthusiasm to learn from him!

We wish him the best in everything he dreams of pursuing in life!

Self Creation and Self Empowerment

Education is crucial for rural children because it allows them to gain qualifications and skills that make them employable. A viable source of employment means a life free of poverty and its incumbent challenges.

Making beautiful handcrafted paper creations

While education certainly provides the academic degree that allows students to complete higher education and start a career in their chosen field, it’s also imperative that they learn other vocational skills too. Thus, at RDF, our approach is holistic, focusing on children’s innate talent, developing their interest and curiosity in meaningful ways and also teaching them new skills. Hence, there is a strong focus on making time for extracurricular activities, which our students enjoy tremendously!

In Redlawada School, the students spent time learning how to make beautiful decorative items using waste paper. Recycling and upcycling also helps them see old and used materials in new ways and amps up their creativity. Once they catch on to an activity, the interest levels go up and the creativity and thinking ability just burgeons! Such is the power of an open and nurturing learning environment.

A finished piece, held with pride!

Learning art and craft helps our children apply their minds in imaginative ways, plus develops proficiency in new areas that can generate a source of income and employment once they’re older. We’ve had several former students start small businesses in carpentry, tailoring, catering, opening a restaurant, serving the local community and the local economy.

This is precisely the empowerment of rural children that remains a constant vision for us and guides our work.

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!

Maintaining a Strong Rural Connection

It is humbling for us to see our rural children feel rooted in their environment and derive inspiration from it. In this age of migration to urban centres, in search for better opportunities and financial security, it is really nice to see children feeling connected to their reality and everyday life too.

Bullock carts have been used since the dawn of agriculture as a mode of transport and still flourishes in rural India, supporting the rural agrarian economy. V. Shiva Kumar, a Class 7 student from Rollakal School loves riding in bullock carts! He loves the slow and steady gait of the cart and likes looking after the sturdy ox that pull the carts. So inspired is he with the humble bullock cart, that he decided to make a working model of one from everyday materials found in his home and school.

RDF children are taught about conservation and recycling and take their role in environmental welfare very seriously. All Shiva used was old cardboard, newspaper, sticks, binding wire and pins to create his bullock cart. He didn’t spend any money on this creation. He was so proud of his accomplishment, as are we!

Well done, Shiva, for exemplifying RDF values and feeling proud of your roots. Maintaining this strong connect with rural India is very important for us, even as children graduate school and go to bigger towns and cities for work. We have seen RDF children, time and again, return to help rural communities in myriad ways, as we are sure, Shiva will too!