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RDF’s Covid-19 Warriors

Bharath, only 10 years old & a student of Redlawada School, is winning hearts with the help he’s providing rural folks in and around his village. To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, he met a few tailors and asked them to stitch masks by collecting cotton cloth himself!

Bharath (L), distributing masks to locals

Inspired by the socially responsible activities he saw and participated in school, Bharath also ensures the cleanliness of his village and spreading awareness about hygiene. His parents are very happy to see their son step up to undertake such responsibilities. The villagers are also lauding his efforts, saying they understand how to stop the spread of the coronavirus because of Bharath.

We are so proud that he’s utilizing these unexpected holidays by being a good citizen and setting an example for everyone.

An alert RDF teacher realized that his neighbor had arrived by flight from a Covid-19 affected area and had not gone for a medical check up on arrival. Our teacher informed medical officers, who visited him at home for a test and then sent him for quarantine. They appreciated our teacher’s effort and said every citizen must be alert, help authorities and stop the spread of the virus

Meditation Matters

Students, during a meditation training session

The pursuit of good academic grades and college admissions create a lot of stress in students’ lives. At RDF, we are determined to not allow stress to impact the mental and physical well-being of our students. Hence, yoga and meditation are an intrinsic part of our holistic education philosophy.

Sridevi ma’am, presenting meditation books to the children

We are grateful to have yoga and meditation teachers who volunteer to help our students and teachers in developing a daily practice and be stress free!

Sridevi ma’am, with the Redlawada School HM

We were introduced to Mrs. Vedantham Sridevi, a retired Headmaster of Government High School by the Hindi teacher in Redlawada School. She conducted a training session on the importance of meditation and how to do meditation. She also donated a few meditation books to the school.  Now, students are doing meditation three times a day, including at home, and have reported feeling more at peace, with better focus and concentration levels.

It’s important to us for our students to achieve their goals through a balanced approach, rather than stressing about marks and grades. We are happy to see the power of meditation take effect in their daily lives.

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.

Inspired Implementation

RDF believes that everyone in a child’s life is a teacher. Therefore, building a strong community is an integral part of our work, so that teaching and learning extends beyond the school boundaries and encompass the entire community.

A Class 4 student in Redlawada School observed her grandfather, who is over 75 years old, washing his own clothes everyday and do his daily, routine work without getting tired. She asked him, “Tatha (grandfather), how are you able to do your work everyday and be so active?” Tatha smiled and said, “When I was young, we ate jowar (millet) rotis, porridge and worked hard everyday, at home and in the fields. That is why I still have stamina.” He encouraged his granddaughter to do whatever work she can independently and get strong. Inspired by her grandfather’s words and his physical abilities, this little girl now washes her own clothes and helps do other household chores too.

This story was shared in class by the teacher so that students understand that all work has dignity and how the kids can be role models for each other. In this way, RDF schools model the ‘learning by doing’ method to inculcate healthy habits in children as we believe that these are essential lifeskills that empower them and will hold them in good stead.

A Memory Test

Sitting for competitive exams are a part of the Indian education system, in order to get admission into various courses after the completion of the Class 12 examinations. The ability to recall from memory is an important aspect of these exams, so our teachers come up with fun ways to boost memory skills for the students.

Redlawada School conducted a Memory Test for 60 high school students. 37 objects were placed on a table and students were given 2 minutes to note and memorise the objects. After that, they were asked to recall and write the names of the various objects with its correct spelling. Each object was allotted one mark.

Such activities to enhance learning and memory skills are conducted routinely and the students enjoy them immensely. When learning is fun, retention is high!

Changing Lives with Care

It’s humbling for us to see that the care and effort of our dedicated school teams brings about tremendous turnarounds in the lives of the rural children we work with.

Banoth Santhosh, a Class 7 student in Redlawada School, belongs to a tribal community. When he joined the school 5 years ago, he couldn’t even speak his tribal language due to developmental issues. His teachers took him under their wing, working patiently with him over the years. Now Santhosh can speak, read and write English too, in addition to his native language!

We really appreciate our teachers for pouring their care into the wellbeing and development of all our students, inspiring them to believe in themselves and succeed! 🙂

No Short Cuts to Sports Development

RDF leaves no stone unturned to provide the best quality education and excellent facilities in a rural school. Many local schools do not have a spacious playground and there is more focus on academics. However, for us,  sports is an essential component of education and our students are always encouraged to take up sports. With a multitude of sports achievers to our credit, students sports achievements have also allowed them to get admission in central or state government funded sports schools and colleges as well as bag government positions. Having a playground also means that students can learn new sports Our sports teachers, who are also part of the local community and hence understand the unique challenges in rural education, are always going the extra mile in order to provide the best to the students.

In Redlawada School, students are learning how to play Shotput. To start with, the children practice with a stone that weighs the same as a shotput and are then progressed to play with the actual shotput. The kids respond beautifully to teachers taking an interest in their development which allows them to learn things fast and show a high level of commitment. We have seen that providing good infrastructure and a nurturing environment works wonders!