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Buzzing about Quizzing!

Quizzing brings such a buzz and though competitive, it does lead to an atmosphere of healthy competition, honing awareness and analytical skills and tons of fun! RDF children love their Saturday programme that involves many interesting activities such as theatre, debate and declamation, music, games and quizzes!

The reason to do this simple – making learning fun and engaging for the kids by encouraging them to improve their skills and knowledge in different areas. Students of classes 3 to 5 in Matendla School participated in a quiz competition that tested their general knowledge, reasoning abilities and analytical skills. We were delighted to see how sharp the kids were! It was wonderful to see them ruminate on the logic and reasoning questions and come up with the right answers!  It also provided them with an opportunity to build confidence by honing their presentation skills by speaking in front of an audience.

Our teachers work hard to create a good learning environment for our first generation learners. It’s great to see the hard work pay off through the kids reciprocating these efforts by putting in their own effort and everyone having fun and learning so much through the process!

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Cultivating our Cultural Identity

RDF’s holistic system of education is future oriented by creating a school environment and processes dedicated to nurturing students and giving them the skills and tools that can enable them to procure good jobs and help their families out of poverty stricken lives. At the same time, the local culture and traditions are also nurtured, with students enthusiastically participating in local festivals and keep traditional games alive. Another avenue to understand our past is also through exploring mythology, religion and the Bhagavath Geetha.

A group of 8 students from Class 9 from Kalleda School were interested in learning and understand this holy Hindu scripture, hence learnt slokas from the Bhagavath Geetha for 2 months, practicing daily for half an hour, after school hours. Their dedication and interest was admirable. They participated in the Mandal level Bhagavath Geetha Parayanam and essay writing compition. 3 students won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize and have been selected to participate in the District level competition. Learning slokas is no mean task and these young ones learnt 24 slokas and their summaries! They said they felt very happy to learn the slokas and get a closer understanding of their meaning and context and our rich past.

The kids are certainly an inspiration in the school, not just due to their achievements, but also through their perseverance in learning about the Holy Geetha and attempt to understand it’s importance in our lives. Though they faced problems with pronunciation initially, their hard work paid off!  In this way, the school is playing a significant role in creating awareness about our tradition, culture and ethics and creating a bridge between the past and the future!

Here’s to Healthy Living!

Mounisha (L), explaining the theory of natural and healthy living

Mounisha, a 2nd Year BPC student at the RDF VAPV Junior College, has been providing nutritional coaching to her friends, after learning about harmful chemical additives in fruit. A Chemistry lesson on how chemicals impact the nature of fruits and soil, in turn harming our health and Iives had a profound impact on her. She says, “My teacher explained about the number of chemical being used in growing vegetables and fruits – that the fruits, vegetables and chicken are contaminated. I was concered about this and explained to my friends how eating such produce impacts our health and our future negatively. I took my friends to the Chemistry lab and explained this to them in a practical way.”

“I came up with a list of ‘Do’s and Don’ts for my friends and the community, which are” –

 Don’t:

  • Don’t drink cold drinks. It pollutes our bodies and the environment
  • Don’t eat fruits and vegetables sprayed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides etc.
  • Don’t eat boiler chicken

Do’s:

  • Drink coconut water
  • Eat naturally grown fruits and vegetables, that have been grown without use of chemicals
  • Cook vegetables using natural ingredients
  • Eat free roaming, natural country chicken (Natu Kodi)

The practical lesson!

Mounisha’s friends took her message to heart and have agreed to spread this awareness in their communities about eating natural foods and avoiding the use and consumption of produce grown with chemicals. We are very proud to see Mounisha making an empowered decision not just for her health, but those of her friends, their families and the extended community too! We hope that her concern and practical solutions find its way into many homes, enabling them to make healthier choices and lead healthier lives.

Taking to Taekwondo

RDF’s first generation learners join school carrying hopes for a better life through the power of education. Unfortunately, many schools interpret education to mean classroom learning, but RDF realizes that education and learning goes far beyond textbook education. It lies in following a child’s interest and nurturing it to give them a sense of self and a belief in their abilities. Hence, RDF schools focus on the all round development of its children and a key area of focus is sports and games.

The impressive medal haul at the District level Taekwondo competition

RDF children have been doing very well in sports, having won many accolades right from the Mandal to the National level and international level participation too. The number of sports that these eager to learn kids have been specializing in has also grown in scope from athletics and archery to yoga, martial arts and fencing too! Redlawada School’s expansive grounds are being put to good use for sports development, with Taekwondo training being offered by the Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Thirupathi. Since this is a new sport, the kids have been practicing sincerely every morning and evening in the school. Their hard work is bearing fruit, with 22 students selected to participate in the District level Sub junior Taekwondo championship in Tandur. 14 students won Bronze and 8 won Silver, with 3 students selected to State level! That is wonderful news and a powerful confidence booster for our young Taekwondo fledglings!

The proud Taekwondo team

Such selections and achievements create a very powerful impact on not just the students, but at the school and community level too, since parents can see the difference in their children through sports participation. It builds their trust that their child is in good hands and that teachers truly care for their betterment.  Such achievements create an inspirational buzz in the school and there is collective feeling of pride. It pushes other students to take up a particular sport too. This build a great atmosphere in the school. We are super proud of Redlawada School’s encouragement of its students. We know they’re now eyeing the National level and we pray, that like their counterparts in Kalleda and Matendla schools, they too achieve this next step in their sports journey.

Sporting a New Look!

Rollakal School now has a beautiful new running track, thanks to the financial help of Mr. Sai Reddy, who is a Project Manager in a local company. The community based networks that have evolved over years of building relationships built on mutual trust, have borne fruit for our rural, underprivileged children in many wonderful ways!

It is humbling for us to see how the locals also treat the school as their own as evident from the numerous ways locals help our schools. The belief in RDF’s vision to educate, engage and empower rural children and their families has been wholly embraced by the local communities too! With our focus on childrens’ holistic development, sports plays a crucial role in building confidence, team work and achievements. RDF students have won many accolades over the years in the sports arena; so the sense of pride runs strong!

With the new race track, not only does the school literally sport a new look, but everyone is excited about using it for athletics practice, hosting competitions and parades and create strong, capable and fit students.

 

Time Transcending Stories!

The handmade ‘Story Board’ story holder

RDF Redlawada School team came up with a wonderful idea to document old stories that have only been passed on orally between generations and create an library of such stories! The project is called ‘Story Board’. The children were asked to meet elders in their families, especially their grandparents’ generation and bring any stories that their grandparents remembered.

Tucking his precious story away securely!

The kids took this up very enthusiastically and came up with a rich treasury of tales encompassing moral, historical, comic and inspirational themes! The teachers then helped the children to write down the stories grammatically. With so many stories pouring forth, the idea is to share these stories in class as well as during leisure time. With families, even in rural areas, spending a lot of time on mobile phones and TVs, the loss of social interaction between generations became a matter of concern. This idea was to an attempt for grandchildren to spend more time with their grandparents and bond with them over story telling.

The grandparents and parents felt very happy with this community bonding project. The children actually felt there was so much to learn from their grandparents and they came back to excitedly share stories with one another! We hope that this e-library grows, for these old stories to find their way into the younger generations for many more years to come!

 

An Inspirational Interaction

Students interacting with Mr. Ahmad on stage

Mr. Ajaz Ahmad is renowned in the Telangana region as a motivational speaker, newsreader, handwriting trainer and has received many awards in his illustrious career. The RDF VAPV Junior College was honoured to receive him as a guest, in order to interact with the students and faculty.

He spoke at length about the over-dependence on technology and how it is degrading human values due to loss of social interactions and values. He definitely had the students’ attention from the get go when he asked them if they wanted to know how he achieved what he did in his life. The answer, of course, was a resounding ‘yes’! He explained that yoga and dhyanam (meditation), for just half an hour a day gave him the equanimity and focus, which has helped him tremendously in life! He inspired the students and the faculty with his wit and wisdom, giving them many helpful ideas on a range of themes like how to manage time, personality development and how to build one’s career. He also delved into reading and writing techniques which will be very useful in their academic work.

He ended his inspiration talk with saying that, “Success depends on hard work”, urging them to put in effort to feel pride in their achievements and making their parents and the college proud. Everyone had a wonderful time meeting Mr. Ahmad and absorbing the wisdom and practical techniques which he shared so generously with everyone!