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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!

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.

Friday-Dryday

The Telangana Government has launched an initiative ‘Friday-Dryday’ to combat diseases arising from mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water. This has been taken up by RDF schools with enthusiasm, as an integral aspect of working with the local communities and a commitment to social responsibility.

The Matendla School team comprising of students and teachers, along with local leaders, created an awareness campaign to help villagers understand the danger of storing water in uncovered barrels, drums and pots in and around their houses for long periods of time. They were made to understand how mosquitoes lay eggs in open water, creating breeding grounds and creating various diseases from mosquito bites.

This situation is preventable, so in response to this scheme and the Matendla School campaign, the villagers have started a ‘dry day’ on each Friday, when they gather to clean stagnant water in their homes and in the village, to ensure areas are dry. We’re happy to see the community working together to create safe surrounding and contributing to their wellbeing.

Individual Effort Matters

We are indebted to every single RDF donor, be it an individual or a corporate – every drop makes the ocean after all. Sometimes people wonder how the effort of one person can make a difference and we would like to share that every effort helps us in many ways.

Mr. Hari has been supporting Matendla School for many years and in many ways. He runs a modest grocery shop in the village and has been providing grocery items to the school at a very reasonable cost.  He also sponsors ‘Annadanam’ (Donate a Meal), sponsoring the midday meal on a special occasion each year. He has placed an RDF Donation Box in his shop and explains RDF’s work to his customers, motivating them to donate some money. The donations are collected on a quarterly basis.

Thanks to the kindness of people like Mr. Hari and many individual well wishers who are partnering with us on our journey to help educate rural children, we are able to continue serving rural communities.

Sports Achievements

The deservedly proud Matendla team

Matendla School team is very proud to share that 50 students from the school participated in a Mandal level sports competition organised by School Games Federation of India. Senior girls won Gold medals in Kabaddi, Kho-Kho and volleyball. The Junior Girls team and Junior Boys team won Silver medals in the same categories.

Trophies won by the students, proudly taking centre stage!

It’s a pleasure for us to see an increasing number of students choose sports, put in the hard work and focus required for competitions and do well in them. Their ability to balance their academic work with serious sports pursuit is admirable and shows their levels of determination to achieve their goals.

We wholeheartedly encourage students to take up sports, in addition to it being a part of our holistic curriculum, because it truly builds mental acuity and physical endurance and stamina. Working in regions where children face malnourishment and are susceptible to seasonal diseases, we care very much for our student’s wellbeing through making them stronger in body and mind with sports coaching and nutritious meals. This focus and their performance also provides opportunities for sports scholarships and Government jobs – a boon for families to find respite from living in poverty.

Big thanks to the Matendla team for supporting their students every step of the way. We look forward to their performance at the District level competitions and beyond.

Clean Villages, Clear Intentions!

Villagers & students, clearing a ground together

Completing school is just one aspect of how RDF engages with its school community. Our education methodology focuses strongly on creating well rounded individuals who care not just on themselves as individuals, but are also inspired to act and create change in the world. This change begins with home.

Social awareness is a vital part of our education and every aspect of what they learn also focuses on how it can help their local, rural communities in positive ways. Inspired by the ‘Swachch Bharat’ (Clean India) campaign instituted by the central and state governments, the students of Matendla School organized an awareness campaign to keep their villages clean. The entire campaign was conceptualized and implemented by the students! The locals participated enthusiastically too and together, they pledged to work together and keep their environment beautiful and clean.

We are super proud of these young agents of change and the energy and vigor with which they take on challenges!

Innovation Galore!

There’s innovative and interesting teaching and learning happening in so many different ways in RDF schools. Despite running for 23 years, the creativity we see in our classrooms and outside them too, never ceases to amaze us!

The exquisitely cut peepal leaf map

Nikhil sir’s chalk stupa in the news!

In Rollakal School, teacher Nikhil has gained local renown for his expertise in micro arts. While studying  B.Ed, he made 2 oxen with ragadi soil that looked lifelike! He did this project to honour rural India and symbolize that the farmer is the back bone of India. He has also made chalk engravings such as the Stupa of Telangana Martyrs and the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the school, he cut the map of India on a Peepal leaf which looks fantastic! Our students are thrilled to learn these art forms from him & understand how art can also create employment.

Girls, leading & teaching a class

In Redlawada School, the Class 9 students in have created a system to learn independently when a teacher is absent. Two students select the subject and topic, with one doing the reading and the other writing the important points on the board. We are proud of their ability to self organize and take responsibility for their education, engage proactively and feel empowered to lead!

All attention, as students listen to football instructions

In Matendla School, the Class 9 Hindi teacher created a very interesting lesson on Football, which was in the syllabus, by actually organizing a football match for the students! So excited did this news make the kids, that they raised the money to purchase a shiny, new football! The Physical Education Teacher was brought on board to explain the rules and show them how to play. It was a wonderful day of play and learning as the boys and girls played together, learnt about team spirit, discipline, motivation and practice!

The ‘Quick Cleaner’, at work!

In the RDF VAPV Junior College, who knew that studying in the corridor and watching the sweeper try unsuccessfully to clear out the rain water, would lead to a creative burst? This is what happened with Venkatesh who wondered how to create a cleaner that could sweep out the water using less manpower and less time? As an avid Physics student, he drew models for feedback from the Principal. With his encouragement and funding, he quickly came up with a working model which was demonstrated to the teachers and students. With more design inputs, the college now has a ‘Quick Cleaner’ which has made life so much easier. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!

The staff and students indeed make studying in RDF schools a wonderful world!