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Encouraging Sports Dreams

Sports is a way of life in RDF schools. Children look forward to the Sports classes, with more and more children engaging in various sports like athletics, volleyball, kho-kho, kabaddi, martial arts, badminton, fencing, archery and even yoga! Over the years, several RDF children have won at district, state, national and international level competitions. We are grateful to our Physical Education Teachers who are dedicated to developing our students’ skills in various sports.

Sreeja, in her Class 4 classroom

Sreeja, with (L) school PET & (R) Asst. Headmaster

Ch. Sreeja is a Class 4 student from Matendla School who recently cleared the District level selection for enrolment in a State run sports school. These schools provide academic and focused sports coaching, helping students build a career in sports, which open up many work opportunities for them.  Like all RDF students, Sreeja comes from a financially poor family. Her father is a lorry driver and her mother works as a labourers. She has practices very hard under the supervision of the school’s PET, before and after school, in order to do well in the selections. Each student’s achievement strongly motivates other students to also put in effort, practice and accomplish their personal sports goals.

We pray that Sreeja continues to do well and obtain a seat in the Government residential sports school.

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Yes for Yoga!

A high quality education with high quality teaching standards requires well trained teachers. We are very proud of our teachers who put in a lot of effort to better their teaching practice through attending teacher training sessions onsite and offsite. They do this so that the classroom environment is engaging and children learn in meaningful ways.  This then necessitates that the well being of our hardworking teachers is looked after and we do this with yoga and meditation.

Matendla School was the venue of a yoga workshop by noted yoga therapist, Ms. Kamala and Ms. Karishma, who worked closely with the teachers to teach them yoga asanas, postures and breathing techniques. The teachers took to the session with the same dedication that we see in the other training sessions they attend. The teachers report that yoga helps them feel much better physically and mentally, which in turn helps their teaching too! We are truly happy to see that most of our teachers have created a daily yoga practice and do sessions with the students too! We are also very grateful to our community of supporters who help us with our needs in so many ways.

The Importance of Voting

It’s election time in India and as  a part of the ‘Continuous Comprehensive Assessment’ programme, Kalleda School conducted a message oriented activity on ‘Awareness on the Importance of Voting’.

The kids took up a campaign in their community in order to drive home the importance of voting. They urged them, saying, “Your vote is your choice to elect the public representative. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. The power to change our country starts with you single vote.” The main aim of the campaign was to achieve 100% voting in their local communities.

The kids, passionate about creating change, motivated everyone to utilize their vote to elect the right public representative and vote for their progress and development. A group of students also enacted a drama on the voting system! Together, they made an oath to cast their vote, ending with a chant of ‘Vote to Change the Future’.

It is amazing how conversant the students are on social issues and have the passion to create change. It shows a willingness to engage with issues that affect them and create solutions, in their own way, that address the problem – in this case, casting their vote and thinking about how to develop the villages. Well done, teachers and students of Kalleda School on taking up such an important issue and taking the steps to create change!

Art and Inspiration

RDF schools provide plenty of opportunity for students to showcase their skills and talent. After all, academic development and achievement is not the only measure to gauge students’ progress in school.

In Redlawada School, an entire wall has been dedicated to display students’ art work. Seeing their work up on the wall gives our students a lot of encouragement and support for their unique talents. In fact, RDF teachers are trained to identify children’s skills and talents and encouraging them to work in their own areas of interest, thus cultivating their inherent skills. The freedom to work on their art really allows their imagination to soar! The smiles and sense of pride to see their work on the wall is really special!

MEO & Government school visitors admiring the Art Wall

As part of an Educational tour, some Government school students and teachers visited the school. They were amazed to see the Art Wall and commented that children should be given opportunities to showcase their special abilities, be it art, craft, dance, music or sports. They were so taken by the idea that they spoke about it to their families and other community members too, which made our students even happier.

We feel really happy to see RDF children blossoming in so many ways. We thank our teachers for working so hard to nurture individual talent and creating an atmosphere of care and encouragement RDF schools.

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!

Champion Spirit

The Junior College has had a very strong focus on sports for several years. It has produced International level archers and national and district level athletes. This has served as a major source of inspiration for successive years of students who also feel motivated towards achievement with the meticulous standards that have become a precedent in the college.

This sports culture produces life skills such as endurance, grit, perseverance and hard work. Long hours before and after regular college schedule are devoted to coaching, training and practice. There is a strong support system that is provided to the students.

AUG JC

Recently, students shone again when eight students were selected for the National Student Olympic competitions.  Districts Level Olympic Games were held in July at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Warangal. Nearly 600 students from various schools and colleges participated in this competition. Eight students were selected for the State Level Student Olympic Games which saw nearly 1200 students  from various districts participate. The students performed better at the State level in their respective games and all eight students were selected for the National Level which will be held in Uttar Pradesh.

We applaud the sports coach and the students on the great effort that they have put in, making the management, staff and the entire RDF family proud one more time!

Our heartiest congratulations go to the following students –

Cricket:       N. Arvind, D. Praveen, G. Rambabu, B. Ramu

Athletics: N. Shiva Kumar, D. Sagar, Sahavasi, Sai Kiran

We are all hoping that they will prove their talent in  the Nationals also.

 

A World of Good: World Yoga Day Celebrations

ms 5Yoga forms an intrinsic part of RDF’s activities with rural children. The holistic approach to education involves high quality academic inputs and equally importantly, a focus on other programs in the realm of sports, art, craft, social awareness, health and hygiene etc, that also develop the mind, body and spirit.

While yoga has been gaining world wide repute as a health practice that provides considerable benefits to practitioners, it has always been a part of RDF’s work with children for several years. Each school has created time in the morning that is devoted to meditation and yoga. This continues during vacation time too if schools are conducting activities for children. This is also encouraged among teachers as well, so that they start their day with a clear and calm mind. These practices have led to positive benefits among our students, with most students stating that daily yoga helps them keep calm, provides them with a fresh mind, increases focus and concentration, makes them alert, helps with stress during examinations etc. ms 1

Mr. Laxminarayana, the Physical Education Teacher at RDF Matendla School, has been at the forefront for training several students over the years to immerse themselves in daily yoga practice and has nurtured them to District and State level accolades too. He has inspired students and teachers not just in Matendla School, but in other RDF schools too, to take up the practice of yoga and experience the improvements in their physical, mental and emotional health.

ms 2On the occasion of World Yoga Day on 21st June 2016, Matendla School conducted yoga activities for the entire school. Every student and teacher participated enthusiastically. The PET led them through a full yoga session. Several asanas were demonstrated by students. He also gave a talk on the importance of yoga and maintaining a daily practice to experience the world of good that yoga offers. ms 4