Archive for the ‘RDF Rollakal School’ Category

A Community of Support

RDF’s Midday Meal programme has been crucial to the physical and mental development of our rural children and the local community recognises and supports this initiative actively. The children receive a free midday meal each day of the school year which includes unlimited servings of rice, dal and a local and seasonal vegetable. 5 years back, RDF had to stop serving a daily egg with the meal due to funds shortage. However, many people have stepped forward to provide an egg during ‘Annadanam’, which allows an individual or organisation to recognise and honour an important life event.

The local, rural community, despite being farmers or small scale workers themselves, also actively helps the schools. In Rollakal School, some villagers have funded Annadanam with eggs! The Village Committee also provides a midday meal with chicken once a year. They also help by contributing to the school infrastructure and activities and doing their best to encourage students by providing smalls gifts to boost their education. This deep level of engagement is why we call ourselves the RDF Community, where stakeholders have the best interests of each other at heart and despite living humbly and coming from underprivileged backgrounds, the depth of their support and social responsibility for RDF’s progress is amazing!

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Sustaining the Environment

RDF schools have been working with sincerity and dedication not only towards the development of its students but also finding innovative ways to build the local communities and preservation of local traditions and the environment. They take their social responsibilities very seriously and the impact is seen in the ways in which the local communities rally to offer their support to their local RDF school!

Over the years, the schools have worked hard at preserving the environment through planting and growing local organic gardens, helping farmers to move away from chemical intensive agriculture to more natural ways and sustaining local produce. Such tender, loving care towards the environment goes a long way.

The Rollakal School community planted coconut trees some years back, with the children taking responsibility for watering, fencing and weeding the larger garden. The children decided to protect nature and happily look after the young trees!The school also has a mango tree plantation which is thriving and helps to bring in a small income for the school. The non teaching staff takes care of this plantation with great dedication. The produce is sold at the local market and the income is used to provide more resources to the children. These are real and measurable ways in which the schools are also empowering themselves and striving towards sustainability!

Celebrating National Science Day

National  Science Day created a flurry of activity in Rollakal School! It is celebrated to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by renowned physicist, Sir C.V. Raman. The Science teachers started the day with a commemorative ceremony, speaking about his work , especially the Raman Effect.

Students worked hard on preparing Science experiments and exhibits and proudly demonstrated their scientific knowledge. The Science teachers conducted a Quiz competition which drew great enthusiasm from the students. It was great to see them thoughtfully responding to the questions and having fun!

Overall, it was a day to understand the vital role played by Science and Technology in our lives, its importance in education and what is required to bring about innovative solutions to everyday issues, by harnessing the power of Science.

In Form thanks to Infor!

RDF children come from economically challenged families in rural Telangana. Therefore, we are passionate about provide them a well rounded and superior quality of education with the help of local teachers who are trained well to guide and coach students and create a nurturing environment in all our schools.

A lot of encouragement and mentorship comes from our partners, such as Infor, a leading IT MNC. Infor has been instrumental in raising funds to construct Rollakal School and its management and employees have helped significantly in its development – in infrastructure, academics and life skills! Infor invited students of Class 9 & 10 from Rollakal School to visit their Hyderabad Head Office and took care of all travel and accommodation expenses.

They conducted workshops on development of communication skills, how to perform better academically and even took the children on a Hyderabad tour to Salarjung Museum, Birla Planetarium, Birla Science Centre and Birla Temple! The kids were thrilled with the guided tour and engaged attentively in the campus sessions. The employee volunteers motivated the children to work hard and explained what they need to do in order to procure employment in Infor! This kind of ‘how to’ knowledge really clarifies things for the kids, allowing them to put goals in place and work towards them.

The RDF family sincerely Mr. Sai Reddy, Mr. Kiran Addala and all Infor employees for  giving this wonderful opportunity to the children!

All Ado about Maths!

National Mathematics Day is celebrated in fun ways in RDF schools. Rollakal School paid an ode to Ramanujam, the brilliant mathematician through a special prayer service and then having a full day of interesting Maths based activities.

The teachers worked hard at creating quizzes, riddles, number games, problem solving and logical thinking questions in order to engage the children in a variety of mathematical operations and have fun at the same time.  Games such as ‘Four Operations’, ‘EasyMortification’, ‘Numerical Ability’ and ‘Maths Buzz’ sure created a ton of buzz in the school campus! The kids were drawn in with the format of quiz and games and showed a lot of enthusiasm to engage their minds to solve the problems put to them. The winners in each activity won prizes.

‘Gamefying’ any subject is a sure-shot way of injecting fun and we know that learning happens seamlessly when something is fun. Also, kids love challenges; so they were raring to go to use their reasoning and problem solving skills to tackle the problems.

In this way, RDF schools create a positive learning environment  which encourages children to engage in meaningful ways in their own learning and enhance their skills and talents in different areas.

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.

 

Maintaining a Strong Rural Connection

It is humbling for us to see our rural children feel rooted in their environment and derive inspiration from it. In this age of migration to urban centres, in search for better opportunities and financial security, it is really nice to see children feeling connected to their reality and everyday life too.

Bullock carts have been used since the dawn of agriculture as a mode of transport and still flourishes in rural India, supporting the rural agrarian economy. V. Shiva Kumar, a Class 7 student from Rollakal School loves riding in bullock carts! He loves the slow and steady gait of the cart and likes looking after the sturdy ox that pull the carts. So inspired is he with the humble bullock cart, that he decided to make a working model of one from everyday materials found in his home and school.

RDF children are taught about conservation and recycling and take their role in environmental welfare very seriously. All Shiva used was old cardboard, newspaper, sticks, binding wire and pins to create his bullock cart. He didn’t spend any money on this creation. He was so proud of his accomplishment, as are we!

Well done, Shiva, for exemplifying RDF values and feeling proud of your roots. Maintaining this strong connect with rural India is very important for us, even as children graduate school and go to bigger towns and cities for work. We have seen RDF children, time and again, return to help rural communities in myriad ways, as we are sure, Shiva will too!