Archive for the ‘Sports Development’ Category

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!

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Training Ground for Achievements

Masters of martial arts!

The popular saying ‘Practice makes Perfect’ may sound like a cliché but it holds absolutely true! Coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, with few resources to aid them, RDF children are very aware that if they want to reach their goals in life, they need to put in hard work and practice.

Kabaddi practice!

We have seen that these children are so passionate about what they take up – be it academics, sports or extracurricular work – that putting in the hours of practice is like breathing – they do it without a need to be told. They are extremely aware that the circumstances that they live in are very hard and that a life out of poverty is attainable through education and developing the necessary skills to accomplish their goals of a good career and financial security.

Yoga perfection!

The teachers also work hard right alongside the children, mentoring them every step of the way. The children happily come to school before hours and stay back after hours too, if needed, in order to practice and perfect whatever they are working at. It is this level of attention to detail and commitment that makes RDF children perform well at Mandal, District, State and National level competitions. In the story today, we have shared photos from Redlawada School – children engrossed in practicing different activities.

Building computer skills

We are very proud of this environment of care, compassion, skill building and achievement that is present across RDF institutions. It is a testament to the dedication of the local school teams, the children and their communities who believe in us, just as we believe in them!

Young Motivator!

One would think that the zeal to motivate and inspire can only come through years of study or life experience – having attained a certain level of learning in order to reach out or teach others. But what we have seen in RDF schools over and over again is that the zeal to motivate and reach out comes from a space of generosity, care, kindness – all encompassing a spirit of sharing.

Malyala Ramya is one such alumus of RDF Kalleda School who studied there from LKG to Class 5, thereafter gaining admission in a Government Sports School in Karimnagar. Now in Class 9, she has been selected to participate in Wrestling competitions. An avid lover of sports since she was a young girl, Ramya always had the clear intention of doing something in the sports arena. During summer vacation, she decided to pay a visit to Kalleda School to meet her teachers and former classmates. Driven by a desire to share her experiences as a sports person, she arranged a Summer Camp. During the camp, she emphasized the importance of physical, mental and emotional fitness in life. She also taught basic fitness techniques to build stamina and physical ability.

She spoke to the children not only about the importance of staying active and fit, but also on the importance of developing themselves in a sport as excellence in a sporting field can lead to future job opportunities as well.  The students thoroughly enjoyed her sessions and inspirational talks! Through her example, they understood the values of self discipline, hard work and personal excellence.

So Ramya, all of 14 years of age, showed all of us, yet again, that age is no deterrant to being a beacon of inspiration. We thank Ramya for her generosity and her willingness to share all that she has learnt with the young kids in Kalleda School!

Aiming Right with Archery!

A sporting star has been making quiet strides in the RDF VAPV Junior College. Nomula Lavanya has struggled against her social and financial circumstances, but found support in her parents who are daily wage earners and have put together their savings to encourage their daughter to fly high. She took up Archery as a Class 5 student in RDF Kalleda School. With fierce determination, Lavanya took on the challenge of daily training, practicing for nearly 10 hours a day, while also putting in efforts to complete her intermediate, which she passed in first division! Now a first year degree student in Sai Ram Degree College in the small town of Thorrur in Warangal District, she has proved her talent in Archery as well as academics.

Lavanya’s Archery achievements are superlative to say the least! She has participated in the International Archery World Cup in Junior and Senior categories in China in 2013 and 2014, as well as in the World Cup Championship in Columbia in 2015. In 2014, she won Gold at the National Level in Assam. In 2015 & 2016, she won Gold in the Senior National Championships in New Delhi. Based on her excellent showing in Stage 3 in the Nationals, the National Selection Committee has selected her to represent India at the Archery World Cup Championships to be held from June 18-22 in the USA! Her ultimate dream is to represent India at the Olympics.

Lavanya appreciates the level of encouragement, support and training that she has been given at RDF and believes strongly in spreading a sports culture in schools and colleges

We are so proud of the humility and determination of the simple students who rise up with grace and grit to make their family, their schools, their peers and the country proud! We are honoured to have such a star in our midst and hope for many more Lavanyas coming up!

Alumni Career Achievements

“Education is the vehicle for rural development” – this is the motto that inspires RDF’s work and vision to educate, engage and empower rural, underprivileged children.

While RDF leaves no stone unturned to develop its students through being taught by well trained teachers, the provision of computer, English language and science labs, a well stocked library and development of mind, body and spirit through focus on sports, yoga and meditation; it is the successes of its students, who absorb the learnings with enthusiasm and grit, that truly allow us to feel proud. Their success and achievements are RDF’s success and achievement!

Sandeep

The focus on sports in RDF schools is not merely considered an extra curricular activity. Sports development creates discipline, resilience and an ability to handle life challenges. Therefore, sports development is seen as an essential life skills and not a ‘P.T period’ per se. Several RDF alumni, having shone brilliantly at their chosen sport, have gone on to get Government jobs, which provide job security and financial relief to families, who have been mired in poverty for generations.Sandeep and Madhukar are alumni of the 2007-8 and 2005-6 batch respectively. Both were interested in sports and games since their primary school days. They eventually took up sports seriously and excelled in athletics. Both come from financially deprived families and were determined to work hard and excel in academics too. With this focus on excelling in both academics and sports, both boys eventually got jobs in the Police department.

Madhukar

Examples like Sandeep and Madhukar provide inspiration to scores of RDF children who hope for a better and brighter future for themselves and their families. The values of hard work, determination, perseverance and rising up to life’s challenges are instilled in students through understanding the struggles and achievements of alumni like Sandeep and Madhukar.

We salute these bright alumni who continue to shine a light on how a quality education system, such as that instilled by RDF institutions, deep engagement with students and teachers that comes from a space of care, truly empowers them to take on their future with courage and break the bonds of poverty.

‘A’ for Accomplishments!

Congratulations are in order for our students in RDF Kalleda School. Several students participated in various competitions and won praise and accolades for their performance.

The Science Congress team

The Science Congress team

Five students and a guide teacher participated in District Level Science Congress. The aim of the Science Congress is to encourage thinking about innovations in Science and Technology for sustainable development. The High School students of Kalleda School researched, prepared and exhibited the theme of ‘Innovation and Agriculture’. The theme was well received by the organizers and the students came back beaming with more confidence and enthusiasm.

The Chekumukhi Talent team

The Chekumukhi Talent team

Students of Classes 8 to 10 also participated in a Mandal Level ‘Chekumuki’ talent test. The Chekumuki tests are organized by Jana Vignana Vedika, a voluntary science organization that has been working for the past 28 years in the state to inculcate a scientic temperament among people and students in particular. The tests are conducted in an objective format. The Kalleda team won first prize and have been selected to the District Level!

Standing tall with pride - Deepthi

Standing tall with pride – Deepthi

Next on the list of achievers is Deepthi, an ace athlete! Through her zeal and hardwork, Deepthi progressed to the National Level in Student Olympics and was awarded third place!

There is so much energy and effort that goes in on the part of the school teams to guide and encourage their students in various fields. The students have also reflected this in their own

commitment to their learning and progress. We are immensely proud of their hard work and all their accomplishments!

Nurturing inborn talent

Nurturing innate talent in children is crucial to developing not just their unique talent and evolving that talent into a skill, but it also helps greatly in making a child feel nurtured. This allows them to believe in themselves and their abilities, a trait that is very necessary in life.

RDF teachers are provided ongoing training in various classroom methodologies through funding from various corporate donors. One such training program was on ‘Multiple Intelligence’. Each child displays their own way of learning and also has varied interests. Therefore they learn differently too, based on the particular intelligence that is dominant in them. This could be musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. While it can be challenging to identify 1 particular intelligence or inborn ability, when teachers engage mindfully with children and observe them closely, it is easy to see their unique abilities.

The RDF Redlawada School has shared stories about some of their students, which we would like to share with our readers. These stories highlight how each student’s inborn intelligence is being nurtured and encouraged by their teachers.

  1. Motivated to learn writing numbers on his own!

    Motivated to learn writing numbers on his own!

    Sai is a very bright student in his class. He is an LKG student. He is a very self motivated learner, learning words and numbers very fast. He always wants to be at the top of the class and really pushes himself to learn more that what in taught in class in a given day. At this young age, he is also helpful and assists his classmates with their school activities! At this young age, Sai already shows interpersonal skills and intrapersonal skills. These natural gifts need to be encouraged as he is self directed and a natural leader.

  1. Rahul, firmly focused on his volleyball goals

    Rahul, firmly focused on his volleyball goals

    B. Rahul is in Class 6. He is passionate about volleyball. He comes to school early and leaves after regular school hours, because he wants to practice the sports to the best of his ability. He has set himself a goal of reaching the State and National levels and become a very good Volleyball player. Rahul also shows intrapersonal skills by having a clear focus on his future and what he needs to do in the present to achieve his goal. This kind of clarity is something that even adults can struggle with!

  1. Soujanya, the storyteller, in action!

    Soujanya, the storyteller, in action!

    D. Soujanya is in UKG. She has a unique gift of storytelling. Not content with just learning rhymes, Soujanya improvises her own actions with each rhyme! It is wonderful to see her interpretations of poems and engaging so enthusiastically with what is being taught! Soujanya has both verbal-linguistic and musical-rhythmic intelligence.

We believe if each child’s unique talent and skill is nurtured, that this will give them the assurance and confidence of being productive in whatever they choose to take up later in their lives.