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Championing Sports and Girl Power!

Anitha, at work, in the fields

Gugulothu Anitha studying in Intermediate 1st Year in the RDF VAPV Junior College is an inspiration to everyone. She belongs to a poor Scheduled Tribes family, the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was hoping for a boy when she was born and decided to bring her up like a boy. So while traditiona; families such as hers, girls look after household chores and boys help in the field, Anitha has been helping her father in farm work since she was young.

Anitha (5th from L), after winning a tug-of-war championship

However, Anitha is working hard at changing her father’s mindset to show him that girls and boys can do the same work. In Class 10, she started to show an active interest in Tug-of-War and sports such as netball, cricket, mini gold and Wushu. She diligently practiced before and after school, winning 3 medals in National level competitions. The Physical Education Teacher encouraged her interest, which further inspired her.

At a track & field sports meet

She wants to become a National coach and prove that girls are not inferior to boys in any field. It is heartwarming to see her speaking to her father  and showing him, through her accomplishments, to banish his belief that he would have been better off with a son rather than a daughter! We are proud of this empowered and self expressed 16 year old, who has become a role model for many rural girls.

An Official Visit

Mr. Jithender Reddy, interacting with students

Compliance with State Education parameters is an essential part of running our schools. RDF institutions pride themselves on their meticulous record keeping which helps with time management and efficiency. This is precisely what was highlighted when the District Intermediate Education Officer, Sri Jithender Reddy, visited the RDF VAPV Junior College as part of the education department’s inspection.

Mr. Reddy (L), inspection the college admin records

He was impressed with how all the administrative records regarding class schedules, timetables, institute strength and laboratories was maintained. He then observed each class, enquiring about syllabus and revision schedule.

He interacted with lecturers and students, giving them sound advice on preparing for their annual examination, as well as how to succeed in life and looking after themselves and their families. He also taught a class and was pleased with the students’ engagement, their understanding and responses.

Striving through Struggle

RDF’s children live in difficult circumstances. To see them face their reality with dignity and determination is very humbling.

Santosh, cooking at home

Santosh is a 1st year student in the RDF VAPV Junior College. His parents moved to Hyderabad to work as daily wage labourers, making him the sole caretaker of his aging grandmother. This entails doing all household chores and studying full time, which he does without complaint! In addition, he also needs to support the family’s meager income, so he finds daily wage work on the weekends and all holidays.

Looking after his grandmother

Recognising his financial hardship, RDF provided a fee scholarship to him. He’s sincere in everything he does, right from looking after his grandmother to his studies to work. One would think his life may feel like a burden, but Santosh looks at life with a big smile, making him popular with teachers and students alike.

We are positive his great attitude and resilience will pay big dividends in his life.

Alumnus Volunteer Service

Kamlesh & PET (R&L), doing morning drills

Kinnear Kamlesh completed Intermediate (Class 12 equivalent) from the RDF VAPV Junior College this year, with a first division! His parents have moved to Maharashtra as labourers in a project. Inspired and motivated with the encouragement he received in the Junior College, he decided to give back to society by volunteering as an Assistant Physical Trainer. Since he’s pursuing his Bachelor’s degree through distance education and only needs to attend college on Sundays, he felt helping in the Junior College would be a productive use of his time.

Basketball practice with students

He says, “I feel so happy to give service where I studied. I have learnt discipline, honesty and punctuality from my lecturers here and I want to help other students like me by being a role model for them. Every day, I am learning new things from PET sir (Physical Education Trainer) and assisting him to teach the students. I am good at Kabaddi and would like to train and send students to participate in Nationals and get medals.”

We feel proud that Kamlesh feels empowered to make selfless choices such as this. With his great attitude and dedication to service, we are sure he will continue to be an asset to the Junior College team!

The ‘Power’ of Practical Learning

Contextual learning is the best form of learning. Moving beyond textbooks, when students actually engage with the world on the concepts they’re learning in the classroom, the content becomes much more meaningful. So at RDF, we organise field trips whenever we can.The 2nd Year Intermediate students of the RDF VAPV Junior College went to the local substation to understand the topic of ‘Electricity’ and how electricity is transmitted to our homes.

Umarani and Rajeshwari wrote a report of the experience, produced below:

Listening attentively to the Assistant Engineer at Kalleda substation

“We visited Kalleda substation which is near our college. There we learnt  how the electricity passes from one place to another place. We learnt the value of electricity, and how to use electricity in domestic purposes. We met the Assistant Engineer (AE) of the substation and he explained how electricity is conducted to homes. We spent 90 minutes learning how the substation operates. The AE clarified how electricity changes from DC to AC and how much voltage we have to use. It was a beautiful experience to meet the officials who explained everything so patiently and clearly. We would like to thank all the workers because this is a high risk job. They also gave us tips on how to save power and now we would like to teach our friends and neighbours about how to save power.”

Confident with new learning at the end of the trip

It’s amazing how much students learn and understand in a half day outing! Engaging with the community empowers them with new knowledge, which they are then always eager to share with the greater community!

A Working Vacation

Working, with a smile on his face!

Ranjith Udutha is an Intermediate 1st Year (equivalent of Class 11) residential student at RDF VAPV Junior College. During Dusheraa vacation, Ranjith went home to his village and decided that he would utilize his time working alongside his parents who are cotton pickers. Cotton picking is hard work, but Ranjith was determined to financially assist his family. Due to his enthusiasm to work, he insisted that his parents rest for some days.

 

 

 

 

 

We really appreciate Ranjith’s spirit and  thoughtfulness in looking after his parents and help out at home too. In fact, we are super proud of all our students, who understand the sacrifices their parents are making, to ensure that they remain in school, complete their education and create a financially stable and better life for themselves. So we often see many students helping and working during vacations. Their sincerity and determination inspires us in many ways and makes our work all the more meaningful!

 

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!