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Empowered Self Governance

Self Governance is an empowered way of living and RDF looks at using various teaching-learning methods with the ultimate aim to help our rural students feel empowered.

A student role playing a middle school teacher

Matendla School grandly celebrated Self Governance Day in which Class 10 students role played the school’s teaching and non teaching staff, as well as roles of public representatives. Every student took their role seriously and prepared it well. By actually taking on these roles and their accompanying responsibilities, the children were able to more deeply understand what these roles entail. They shared their experiences with each other. Students who excelled in their roles were given prizes and every participating student was appreciated for their enthusiasm and hard work.

The smiling faces of our Class 10 students on Self Governance Day!

Abhilash, a Class 10 student donated leafy vegetables to the school which were utilised to prepare a scrumptious curry for the midday meal. Some of his other classmates donated sports good to the school. We felt very touched with their contributions and felt happy that they took the responsibility to provide something that the school community needed. Being able to extend themselves beyond their individual needs to look after the community needs is true empowerment, indeed!

Championing Sports and Girl Power!

Anitha, at work, in the fields

Gugulothu Anitha studying in Intermediate 1st Year in the RDF VAPV Junior College is an inspiration to everyone. She belongs to a poor Scheduled Tribes family, the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was hoping for a boy when she was born and decided to bring her up like a boy. So while traditiona; families such as hers, girls look after household chores and boys help in the field, Anitha has been helping her father in farm work since she was young.

Anitha (5th from L), after winning a tug-of-war championship

However, Anitha is working hard at changing her father’s mindset to show him that girls and boys can do the same work. In Class 10, she started to show an active interest in Tug-of-War and sports such as netball, cricket, mini gold and Wushu. She diligently practiced before and after school, winning 3 medals in National level competitions. The Physical Education Teacher encouraged her interest, which further inspired her.

At a track & field sports meet

She wants to become a National coach and prove that girls are not inferior to boys in any field. It is heartwarming to see her speaking to her father  and showing him, through her accomplishments, to banish his belief that he would have been better off with a son rather than a daughter! We are proud of this empowered and self expressed 16 year old, who has become a role model for many rural girls.

Hardwired to Help!

Community engagement to build a thriving local community network is an integral part of RDF. Over the past 23 years, we have seen the rich dividends of these efforts, with people from near and far coming forward to help RDF schools, in whatever way they can.

Mr. Kishore had a job in the police department but his calling lay in computer hardware. He left his police job to join a hardware company. In his journey, he heard about RDF’s work with rural, underprivileged children and was driven to contribute to our schools. He contacted us through the RDF website and started visiting the Kalleda, Redlawada and Rollkall schools to help with computer issues and hardware problems. He visits the schools twice a month, including attending to computer emergencies and donating hardware parts.

We feel very fortunate to have a selfless people like Mr. Kishore supporting us in an area of need and are proud to call him a member of the RDF family!

Crafting New Skills

Saritha ma’am, preparing workshop materials

Infor, the Multinational technology company, has been supporting RDF for several years. They were instrumental in the construction of a permanent school building for Rollakal School and have initiated many student and teacher development programmes too.

Beautiful decorative items

A team from Infor visited Rollakal School last month to meet with the school community. This visit was made extra special when an Infor team member, Saritha ma’am, taught a creative workshop for children using waste material. The kids were very enthused to learn something new, using discarded plastic and household waste material. They learnt how to make items such as door mats, door curtains, ear rings, hair clips, hair ribbons, rings, necklaces, garlands and decorative boxes!

Stunning jewellery

She urged the students to create awareness in the larger community about the harmful effects of plastic and how to recycle and upcycle it, since plastic can be found everywhere!

Learning new methods of craft and art brings more confidence to our children, as they develop skills that can be used productively in their lives.

Once again, we are very grateful to Team Infor for the innovative workshops they conduct for the betterment of our students!.

A Musical Study!

Nature is a source of wonderful delights, music being one of them! Who knew that the leaves of the toddy palm tree can be fashioned into a musical instrument?

Mahesh, a Class 9 student of Redlawada School, helps his father in the field and learnt how to make this lovely instrument from him. He learnt how to fold and layer the toddy leaves in a specific way, using Arabic Gum thorns to create a wind instrument! It produces a good sound due to the meticulous way that the leaves are layered over each other.

We encourage students to learn traditional arts and crafts such as what Mahesh learnt from his father, as it enhances creativity, which then has a positive ripple effect in other areas of their lives. We believe that technical education helps with their holistic development, enabling them to learn skills beyond classroom education.

Football Goals!

It brings us a lot of happiness when we see rural parents supporting the education of their children and especially if the child is a girl!

Ravali, an alumnus of Matendla School, comes from a family of humble farmers, who strongly supported her education goals. She was always passionate about Sports and started playing football in Class 6. With the help of the Physical Education Teacher, she did well in her chosen sport in school. Now in 2nd Year Intermediate (equivalent of Class 12), she has participated in several State and National level Football competitions, winning  1 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the National level.

 Ravali continues to show remarkable progress and is now the captain of a football team.  At a recent State level tournament, she was also selected as the ‘Best Player’.  Her role model is the international football star, Neymar, and it is her dream to represent Indian Women’s football. We pray that her perseverance and hard work help her to make this dream come true for her.

An Official Visit

Mr. Jithender Reddy, interacting with students

Compliance with State Education parameters is an essential part of running our schools. RDF institutions pride themselves on their meticulous record keeping which helps with time management and efficiency. This is precisely what was highlighted when the District Intermediate Education Officer, Sri Jithender Reddy, visited the RDF VAPV Junior College as part of the education department’s inspection.

Mr. Reddy (L), inspection the college admin records

He was impressed with how all the administrative records regarding class schedules, timetables, institute strength and laboratories was maintained. He then observed each class, enquiring about syllabus and revision schedule.

He interacted with lecturers and students, giving them sound advice on preparing for their annual examination, as well as how to succeed in life and looking after themselves and their families. He also taught a class and was pleased with the students’ engagement, their understanding and responses.