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Our Role in Enrollment

The Telangana Government has launched the ‘Professor Jaya Shankar Badibata Programme’ which aims to drive enrollment levels in schools by motivating and encouraging families to enroll school age children and school dropouts to join neighbourhood government schools.

ZPHS students in the school enrollment rally in Bahadurapally

As part of this initiative, students of the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zilla Parishad High School, along with staff from ZPHS and the Mandal Parishal Primary School, conducted an awareness program and rally in and around the village of Bahadurapally.

Students, as spokespersons of their school, spoke to parents to encourage them to send their children to school, giving details about the high quality of education and facilities that are being provided as part of the school improvement partnership between TMF and RDF.

Students talking to the local community during the drive

The villagers responded positively and were found to be aware of best practices being implemented both the government schools through existing parents and children.

With many school age children still not in school and school dropouts getting marginalized in society; such initiatives are crucial to helping families making an informed decision to send their wards to school.

 

A Good Hand for Handwriting

The two Government schools in Bahadurapally that are part of the School Quality Improvement Program – a partnership between RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation follow RDF’s best practices when it comes to upgrading student’s and teacher’s skills. RDF continues to do its work with rural, underprivileged children due to its committed education partners and also thanks to passionate trainers and volunteers.

One such passionate volunteer was invited to the Mandal Parishal Primary School and the Zilla Parishad High School for a training training program on ‘Handwriting Skills’. Aimed at techniques to improve handwriting skills for Primary and High school students, the workshop was facilitated by expert handwriting specialist Mr. Azaz Ahmed.

The school was abuzz with excitement as many had already viewed his handwriting skills session on YouTube and Whatsapp. During the workshop, he trained students in writing in Hindi, Telugu and English. He explained new techniques to develop good handwriting, including how to and how not to write.  He also won hearts by singing Sanskrit slokas and narrating motivational anecdotes to the audience. The feedback received from the students and staff was very positive. Mr. K. Balraj, the schools’ Telugu Pandit said that he loved Mr. Ahmed’s way of teaching and found it an unforgettable class. The schools intend to have him back for more sessions soon!

 

The He’art’ of Learning

The Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Mandal Parishal Primary School, in partnership with RDF bring to you more fun, interesting and creative experiments from their school.

A student displaying her peacock made with recycled & waste materials

Experiential learning or ‘learning by doing’ is the best way to help children understand any subject or theme. The teachers decided to explore the theme of ‘Art’ with the students using discarded and waste materials. It started with reflection and discussion of how humans produce waste and how it degrades the environment. This led to the idea behind using waste material like papers, packaging boxes, discarded bottles, plastic etc for recycling. The teachers asked them to think about how these materials can be recycled and use their imagination and creativity to produce art from waste. That got them excited!

A lovely butterfly made from waste materials

During their discussion, the children got ideas to make toys. This is the beauty of encouraging children to reflect on their lives and ways of living and organically come up with ways in which such materials could be useful to them. Children and toys – the idea was perfect!

They made a peacock using scrap paper, designing them into the letters of the alphabet and joining them to get the body of the peacock. Then old plastic spoons were used to form the feathers. A beautiful and colourful butterfly was also fashioned in a similar way. Very soon, ideas were flowing about using old cardboard boxes, plastic bottles etc. Not only the teachers, but the kids too were thrilled with themselves, appreciating each others’ ideas and creativity to create wonderful items of art!

Beautiful Sand Art

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Kids sharing their design ideas with each other

The Mandal Parishad Primary School, Bahadurapally, that is part of a quality education program partnership between RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation, has been organising weekly creative learning activities for its students. Saturday is a day that witnesses a lot of excitement and buzz! Recently, the one day activity that was organised was on Sand Art.

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Meticulously drawing out their ideas

Students used sand as a medium to design. The students were encouraged and guided by the teachers to translate their thoughts and ideas to paper in creative ways and create sand art. The children were able to come up with many interesting designs that they then drew on plain paper that was provided.

Some of the final creations

Some of the final creations

The children were very eager to show their talent and skills by sharing their thoughts with each other. Children were given white papers and colors by the staff. First the children decided what picture to design, then they drew it with pencil, after that, they applied fevicol in the area of picture. Thereafter, it was easy to stick sand on the area of picture. They applied some colors too to create varied colour palettes in their creations!

It was really marvelous and beautiful to see their art. Such activities also create work experience and experience a creative environment by working together. The school team believes that it is important to make learning creative and fun. When children find an activity interesting, the hardwork put in is effortless and such hard work will never fail in their lives.

 

Safeguarding the Kitchen Gardens

Like the five RDF institutions, the Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools in Bahadurpally village that are a part of the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF program partnership, have provision of planting fruits and vegetables in their kitchen gardens. Despite the efforts of the caretakers, in previous seasons, saplings couldn’t grow due to water shortage and pests.

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Yield in the Primary School kitchen garden

However, effective water management techniques such as saving water in drums and usage of boring water augmented the growth of the plants. The bandicoots and pests continued to remain a problem in the schools. The usage of natural pesticides prevented damage to the plants and produced good yield.

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

The seeds of spinach, soya beans, bottle gourds, tomatoes and papaya were purchased. Due to the above mentioned initiatives, the produce increased significantly in the schools. The sweet potatoes produced were used for cooking and served to all the students of the high school.

Beeriah and his wife, Ellava, the watchman and caretaker team have worked ceaselessly in order to protect the kitchen gardens and ensure that it flourishes. We are very grateful for their efforts!

Community Champions

Today, we would like to celebrate the community spirit that is being created in the 2 government schools being supported by RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation in Bahadurapally.  When the 1st RDF school was started 2 decades ago in Kalleda, an early realization was the need to build a strong relationship between the school and the local community. Thereafter, one of the key aspects of RDF’s holistic education model is its community engagement programs in which every parent is seen as a stakeholder in the school’s operations and activities.

The new water filter

The new water filter

RDF’s partnership with the 2 Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored schools commenced only 2 years ago. RDF’s best practices were adopted by both schools, with a lot of mentoring provided by senior RDF staff. Parental involvement in the school was demonstrated in the Mandal Parishal Primary School when Mr. Swamy, the father of a Class 4 student, Veera Kumar, wanted to ensure that children have access to safe drinking water.

Bearing the cost of the filter entirely on his own, the modest Mr. Swamy bought the filter at a cost of Rs. 16,000 and donated to the school. The total project cost was Rs. 25,000. This was when the teachers and the head cook stepped up to share the remaining cost collectively. Of course, the utilization of the filter would not have been possible without the plumbing work. In a noble gesture, Mr. Michael, the father of another student, Yeshuva of Class 5, offered to do the plumbing free of cost. Thus, the school received the precious gift of a much needed water filter, with the help of the community champions!

Little children drinking clean & filtered water

Little children drinking clean & filtered water

These are the case studies that serve to demonstrate the efficacy of a good schooling system – a system that goes beyond academic work and grades. The system provides quality in education not just through its academic work, but also through the quality of its relationships. We feel very humbled and thank the parents and staff who extended their resources,  help and support to benefit every child in the school.  

 

Health Check-Up

Focus on health and hygiene is an integral part of RDF’s engagement with children. This aspect has also been implemented in the Government schools that are sponsored by the Tech Mahindra Foundation, as part of our partnership with them and the ‘School Quality Improvement Program’. Dental doctors from M.R. College visited the Government Mandal Parishad Primary School, which was conducted pro bono by the visiting doctors. Each child was checked thoroughly, with individual care instructions. The basics of oral hygiene and care were explained to the children via a presentation. The camp concluded with the distribution of dental kits that consisted of a toothbrush and toothpaste for every child.

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