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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.

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Games for the teachers

Girl child education is a prime focus area in its vision to educate, engage and empower rural children and communities. It has worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to convince rural people to invest in the education of their daughters, encouraging them to view girls as equals, with a right to education and providing employment to women.

The Headmaster addressing the audience

Therefore, the occasion of Women’s Day on 8th March provided a platform to honour the girls and women who are a part of RDF schools. In RDF Kalleda School, the Headmaster addressed the audience about the importance of events like Women’s Day and RDF’s focus on providing education to girls in order to skill them, become earning members in their families and to do away with the practice of child marriage.

 Thereafter, the female teachers were invited to speak about issues they have faced in their personal lives and in society in order to live a life with dignity. They urged the audience to understand the biases faced by women and requested them to treat women in society fairly and honour their role in society.

Having fun playing ‘Musical Chairs’

Fun games such a tug of war, balloon breaking and aim and throw were organized that everyone enjoyed thoroughly and brought in an air of gaiety to the day. While Women’s Day is just 1 day in the year, RDF continues its work with rural communities every day of the year to empower them in numerous ways, in order to bring about changes that can create a more equitable society at the grassroot level.

Redlawada’s Sports Glory!

The RDF team is very proud to announce the well deserved sporting accomplishments of RDF Redlawada School! The school has clocked up, not one, but two international sports accolades in 2016! This is a first for Redlawada School students making it to the international arena.

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The Redlawada School Kabaddi team

In September, Redlawada School made history with 10 students making it to the National Student Olympics in Kabaddi! Another feather in RDF’s cap was that this was the very first time that an RDF Kabaddi team won at State Level. That an RDF Kabaddi team has made it from the State to the International arena is a huge accomplishment and inspiration for the RDF family. It was the hardworking and persevering Redlawada students who achieved this record for RDF! The team has been selected for the international edition in Nepal, to be organised later this year.

The Redlawada School Kho-Kho team

The Redlawada School Kho-Kho team

The school’s Kho-Kho team has also been selected for the International Student Olympics in Dhaka, Bangladesh. will be traveling to Dhaka, Bangladesh. The date of the tournament has not yet been finalized and will be tentatively released on 15th January 2017. The 7 member team made it to the International level after successful completion of all qualifying events at the District,  State and National levels. It is a matter of great pride for the team members, their families and the village of Redlawada because for the first time, Redlawada children are participating in international events. The outstanding performance of the children in the competitions can be attributed to the proper guidance provided by the Physical Education Teacher and the special diet that was given to the students. The special diet comprising of milk, eggs and bengal gram helped in increasing the stamina of the children. The staff and fellow students in the school have ceaselessly encouraged the children to take up sports and word hard at achieving personal excellence.

We now hope that the children’s aspirations to win further honour for their school come true!

Creating Social Awareness on Intoxicants and Tobacco

RDF’s holistic approach to education involves the core component of a robust Social Awareness Program. Helping local communities with social issues is part of all RDF schools’ philosophy.

The staff in Matendla School was growing increasingly worried about the consumption of pan masala, guthka and alcohol by senior citizens in the village. Concerned about the ill effects of such habits on the impressionable mind of young children and other family members, the staff wanted to do something that would not just help create awareness but also ensure that RDF alumni, children and the wider community not fall prey to such vices.

ms-dec-2The school organised a well planned evening wherein folk songs and a skit were used as tools to allow the community to understand the gravity of the situation. The skit was put together by students of Class 8, who used humour to highlight the issue. The audience was able to easily relate to the problems presented and stated that it reflected their social reality. The staff also conducted a presentation to explain the various medical problems that can come about as a result of such habits.ms-dec-3

We hope that the right message was conveyed to everyone present and the efforts of the Matendla School team help the villagers manage the situation proactively with the information provided to them.

Helping Hands

Kalleda School has been encouraging and motivating their students to help their parents at home and in farm work as this can help them take on responsibility at home and therefore allow them to be responsible citizens in the future.

Students helping a local farmer in his field

Students helping a local farmer in his field

The school and students have been discussing how they can help parents at home by becoming more sensitive to the hardships their parents undergo to support their livelihood and academics.

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Students helping repair taps in the school

There are several ways that students have been helping their parents – they have been helping during holidays with plantation, sowing and other field work; helping in household chores such as cleaning, cooking and fetching water as well as cultivating a kitchen garden in their homes. They have also been motivated to help by keeping their rooms clean and keeping their books and other things in an orderly manner at home. At school too, they are being encouraged to maintain their classrooms and common areas.

The children are already aware of the sacrifices being made by their parents. Discussing this with peers allows them to motivate each other and develop more discipline and attention towards responsibilities they can take up at home and help their parents.

Positive feedback for RDF!

Dr. Shyamala with the school team

Dr. Shyamala with the school team

Any NGO needs the support of its partners in order to fulfill its vision and mission for the highest benefit of its primary stakeholders. Financial support from individuals and organisations that share the vision is an integral aspect of managing program operations.

One of RDF’s long term partners has been the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) that has been financially supporting RDF for several years. The funds received are utilised in three core areas viz. teacher training, infrastructure development and provision of teaching and learning materials. RDF provides regular reporting to its funding partners regarding the utilization of funds in the areas that the funds are meant to be allocated to.

Observing High School Science exhibits

Observing High School Science exhibits

In May, CAF representative, Dr. Shyamala, visited RDF schools to review the activities and operations and utilization of CAF funds. She spent the day observing primary and high school classes, Science exhibits and Art work, Library, Computer and English labs, digital sessions and cultural activities. She also examined documents and evidence. She spent time interacting with primary and high school teachers as well as parents, school staff and RDF Headoffice staff to get their feedback on RDF’s work.

Interacting with Primary School children & teachers

Interacting with Primary School children & teachers

She was very happy with what she saw, commending RDF’s work for rural children and rural communities and gave a very positive review to the team. RDF received a Valedictory Certificate from CAF after the report was shared. We are very pleased with her positive review and hope to have a long lasting partnership with CAF.

Engaged Parents and Community

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

The Zilla Parishad High School continued with its commitment to keep parent community involved in the school activities and progress. At this meeting, the RDF team was present to interact with parents regarding not merely informing them about children’s progress and the various activities in the school over the year, but how to keep them proactive in their child’s learning.

Parents were keen to know the changes in the school and details of provisions given to the students. Parents were aware of the remedial classes, additional coaching classes and snacks being provided.

Children who participated in the National Karate Championship were introduced and this motivated parents on the importance of sports coaching and they agreed to send their children for sports related and other activities being organised.

Teachers going over student records with parents

Teachers going over student records with parents

Parent records were updated with submission of Aadhar Card copies and updated contact numbers. Thereafter the class teachers had discussions with parents individually about their child’s progress and distributed report cards.