Archive for the ‘RDF Kalleda School’ Category

Gratitude for Pandemic Warriors

The enormity of the Covid-19 issue became real for everyone when the Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi, urged every citizen of India to follow ‘Janata Curfew’ (Citizen Curfew), on 22nd March.

People in rural areas were unable to understand what was happening. In order to stem rumours and false news from spreading, the Kalleda School teachers called and informed many villagers and parents about Janata Curfew.  Since then, they have also been spreading awareness about preventing the spread of Coronavirus through social distancing, wearing masks and hand washing.

The RDF team and the rural communities we serve applaud the services being extended by medical teams, cleanliness staff, food delivery people, the Police, government officials and the media. We are indebted to these frontline personnel. Our rural families stood at their gates and applauded their efforts for five minutes to express our sincere gratitude.

 

Crafting Fun

Wonderful cardboard creations!

We are all born with creative capabilities and these abilities are honed in RDF schools, based on the particular interest of a child. This approach has created wonders in many children, making them more confident in themselves, believing in their abilities, becoming more creative in a particular art or craft and helping others learn too!

As part of Art & Culture classes in Kalleda School, Class 10 students made various handmade designs. Through such sessions, we are also able to promote local art and craft practices, thus keeping cultural vibrancy intact. The pre-primary and primary children observed the making of these designs, which they did with rapt attention. After that, they were then encouraged to make their own. The kids, older and younger, loved making stuff with their friends and teachers. The community feeling of learning in joy and sharing was palpable!

Proudly displaying all their creations

The children are now using the extended time to make even more interesting and wonderful art and craft items. The children also learn no-fuss, no-mess and low cost ways of making their designs, which can help community handicrafts immensely.

Everyone has been having fun making their sharing their items. So think of a fun art or craft project with your family and we guarantee you will have a lot of fun!

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!

A Discussion on Women’s Issues & Empowerment

Building a keen sense of social responsibility forms a core part of RDF’s pedagogy. Debates and discussions on social issues are regularly organized, within the school campuses and in the wider community too, as part of awareness building campaigns.

Kalleda School recently organized a discussion with students on the themes of ‘Women’s Empowerment, Equality and Protection’. The important conclusion that the students came to, was the necessity to have fast tract courts to get instant judgment, especially in women’s harassment cases. Through this discussion, they also learnt about women’s rights and laws for protection of women.

We believe that our students need development in many areas, not limited to academics. Going beyond textbook education, by engaging them in relevant and contextual issues, allows them to widen their world view, gain new knowledge and build skills that will help them for life.

A Feast of Festivals!

Kalleda School celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday (Krishnashtami)

India is a country, rich with cultural traditions and festivals. It’s a link to our history and is a wonderful way to keep generations in touch with the best that our history offers.

Festivals such as Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Diwali (Festival of Lights), Raksha Bandhan (celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters), Krishnastami (Lord Krishna’s birth celebration), Boddemma (honouring the feminine divine) etc. are celebrated and cherished in RDF schools.

Girls celebrating Bodemma

By celebrating every festival together, the children learn not just the rituals pertaining to a festival, but also the values embedded in the festivals and their rituals such as respecting elders, behaving with kindness, helping others, sharing what we have etc. We believe understanding the deeper nuances of our festivals help build character and good citizens.

The pictures accompanying this post are from Kalleda School.

Alumni Teachers

(L-R) Raju, Ramesh, Sangeeta, Sravya & Swathi

RDF alumni have always shown themselves to be brand ambassadors of our work. It is a matter of pride for us when our alumni choose to come back and work with us, instead of opting for higher paid positions in bigger towns or cities. It is an honour for us that they have a high sense of social responsibility and are willing to contribute to RDF’s work and vision.

Ramesh, S. Raju, P. Sangeeta, P. Sravya and Y. Swathi are Kalleda School alumni. Inspired by their teachers, the teaching methodology and the quality of teaching in school, all of them opted to pursue a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed). They were offered higher salaries in private schools, but they wanted to help rural children and the cause of rural education. They chose not to work with corporate schools and felt joining RDF schools was the best opportunity to be in service to their alma mater and helping develop rural communities.

They have been appointed as subject teachers based on their specialisation and are enjoying their new teaching roles. Being first generation learners themselves, they fully understand the challenges of studying in a rural area and what kind of support their students need. Just as they were inspired by their teachers, they are being good role models for their students!

The Magnanimity of our Local Community

Naveen, being facilitated on his birthday by the school management

As an NGO, we are able to sustain ourselves due to the generous and committed support of individual and corporate donors who believe in our vision and donate monetarily and in kind. Over the past 23 years, RDF schools have established themselves as leading, holistic institutions that provide a nurturing and stable environment to rural children in which to study and develop themselves in many areas, in addition to academics. Therefore, it is gratifying for us when the local community that has watched the growth of our schools and seen the impact on their children, also donate in many ways to our cause.

Enjoying a nurturing midday meal

Naveen Kumar, a Class 9 student of Kalleda School, and has been impacted positively by RDF’s values of Educate, Engage and Empower, wanted to give back to the school by doing something special on his birthday. He discussed this with his father who agreed with his idea and donated 20 kgs of rice to the school on the occasion! This was used for the Midday Meal on the day. We thank each and every one of our supporters, right from our rural communities to the world community who have come forward to help us. It makes us who we are today!