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Students become teachers

A student teaching the class

A student teaching the class

 

On the 2nd of March, RDF Wadlakonda School celebrated a different kind of day – Self Governing Day. Students of class 7, 8 and 9 took on the role of teachers. Interested students gave their names for this day, and the teachers chose the best student for the role. Kumari A. Shylaja from class 9 acted as the Headmaster and M. Raju from class 8 acted as MEO (Mondal Education Officer). It was an interesting exercise for students to understand how the school functions. This also builds a sense of appreciation and respect for the hard task the teachers do every day. K. Sruthi (class 8), A. Shylaja and E. Shireesha (class 9) were appreciated as the best student-teachers for the day.

Spreading awareness

Students participating in the rally

Students participating in the rally

The students of RDF Wadlakonda School undertook a rally in the village of Wadlakonda to spread awareness about HIV-AIDS. Students not only held placards and shouted slogans but also took the time to explain the prevention of AIDs to the villagers. They disseminated health tips, key messages and even gave speeches during the rally. This was undertaken as a part of the Social Awareness Programme (SAP) which runs in all RDF schools. We commend their effort and hope that this will go a long way in the village.

Election time at Wadlakonda

Students casting their vote at the mock elections.

Students casting their vote at the mock elections.

RDF Wadlakonda School organized mock elections to introduce the students to the concept of elections before they have reached the official voting age. This would help students understand the election process, the power of the democratic vote and be thoroughly prepared when it comes time to cast the crucial vote for parliamentary elections. Secondary school students and teachers participated in the elections. Through this process students elected their School Pupil Leader. Eight students contested in the elections and M.Raju from class 8th was elected as the School Pupil Leader, while K. Sruthi also from class 8th was elected as the Assistant School Pupil Leader. The elections have given the participants an understanding of democracy, the role of government and parliament. The experience of the mock elections plays a role in stimulating future young voters to cast their ballot.

Training to bring about educational change

Ch. Cheralu participating in the training program

RDF Wadlakonda School Headmaster, Ch. Cheralu participated in a training program conducted by Gray Matters in Hyderabad specifically for Headmasters. This was a great opportunity for rural schools, as it not only enhanced the skill and information set of the attendees but Gray Matters guidance and rural specific focus was able to boost the confidence of the Headmaster in initiating and managing educational change. For instance, class management skills were taught, which included ways to make an ideal classroom environment and  foster engaging teacher-student interaction. Topics also included the introduction of new methods of learning which make the time children spend in school meaningful. All in all it served as a great opportunity for headmasters to further develop the school.

A magical performance

M.Venkanna demonstrating a bit of creativity

M. Venkanna a class 6th student at RDF Wadlakonda School flexed his creative muscle and came up with a magical performance for this fellow students and teachers. Assisted by C.H. Ramesh, the two of them used a simple pen and lit up one end of it. A few seconds later the fire was extinguished and there were a string of balloons emerging from the end of the pen. The two used a combination of science creativity to put up this truly magical performance.

A Crafty Idea

RDF Wadlakonda School’s stall at the craft fair

RDF firmly believes in conservation and ensures that all resources are used optimally. This enables the preservation of the environment and is also cost effective. RDF Wadlakonda School had a ‘crafty’ idea which enabled them to carry this message further. Teachers and students from the school created handicrafts from waste material such as empty coconut oil tins, broken bangles, old x-ray sheets and even old woolen thread. With these seemingly useless materials, they were able to create a range of items which included flower vases, door and wall hangings, pen cases and bags. The items were displayed in a stall hosted by the school at a ‘Craft Mela’ (Craft Fair) organized by the YWCA in Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh). The stall drew a lot of interest and praise, it also enabled the students and teachers to exchange ideas on creating crafts from waste material as well helped further the message of conservation.

Scaling new heights

Students create a human pyramid to reach the ‘dahi handi’

 

Around this time every year, the Indian landscape is dotted with human pyramids and tiny kids scaling to the top in order to break the coveted ‘dahi handi’ or ‘utti kottuta ‘ a pot filled with curd to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth – Janmashtami. RDF Wadlakonda School got in the festive spirit and not only built the human pyramid consisting of students but also held a small program to teach students the relevance of the day. Teachers, students and even families participated in the annual event. This year, the students were also taught a few lines from the holy book; the Bhagvadgeeta in order to infuse some tradition and culture along with the fun and games. The celebration was a smashing success and we hope the students scale similar heights in their academic lives too.

Planting the seeds for sustainability

Students planting vegetables in the school yard

 

Sustainability is a principle that RDF tries to bring about in every aspect of its functioning. At RDF Wadlakonda School, this principle is being applied to food sustainability. Students are not only showing interest in education, but are actively participating in growing vegetables in the school yard. The students tilled the land and planted green gram seeds, along with this they also procured bottle and ridge gourd seeds from their parents and planted them. The students’ parents also offered cattle to enable the land to be well tilled. The students at the school will within a month reap the benefits of their effort by using the produce from the farm fresh food in the midday meals served in the school. We will keep you posted on what the farm yields and how it was used in the midday meals – stay tuned!

Helping hands

Wadlakonda students are encouraged to do chores around their homes and school so they can better appreciate the dignity of labor.

Wadlakonda students are expected to do more than merely study their lessons.

Students help pick up trash, do minor repairs and clean the dining hall. School officials encourage parents to give children household chores like making their beds, polishing their shoes and bringing their plates to the wash area instead of expecting mothers or helpers to do the work.

School management hopes the duties not only show children how to do the work, but teach them responsibility and help them appreciate the value of labor.

Green initiative at Wadlakonda

Students, staff and volunteers planted coconut and mango saplings at the new campus.

RDF Wadlakonda School recently moved to a new school site in the village of Rollakallu.

In order to make space for the upcoming school building, a small part of the land had to be cleared. Being conscientious about the environment, Mr. Cherallu, the school Headmaster, initiated a plantation drive. Fifteen coconut saplings and 5 mango saplings were donated to the school. The staff, students and members of the donor team then spent a part of their Sunday planting the trees.

The students learned a valuable lesson in the process – that of ecological balance and the importance of keeping the environment green. The school also hopes to raise funds through the sale of the coconuts and mangoes once the trees reach maturity.