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The Science of Good Teaching

Ongoing teacher training is an integral aspect of the education methodology in RDF schools and the RDF – Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership government schools. By investing in teachers’ personal and professional development, we can be certain that the best methodologies can be passed on to the primary beneficiaries – the rural children, who deserve the best.

Teachers, engrossed during the workshop

A Science Training Programme was conducted by the ‘Sahayata Trust’ for primary school teachers. Two teachers from the Mandal Parishad Primary School (MPPS) were selected for this training. They were trained in effective classroom instruction techniques so that students understand and retain concepts, instead of forgetting them. They also learnt to use low cost materials to create interesting teaching – learning materials to make the learning environment interesting and fun.

Proud graduates of the teacher training programme

There was a post training follow up done by a team leader from the trust for observation and review of both teachers. They were very happy with how the teachers were implementing their new learning and the improved teaching methodology in the classroom. We are certain that the teachers will pass on their new learning to other teachers and contribute to a good teaching-learning environment in the school.

Competitors and Comrades!

It’s a delight to see healthy competition between our students, who not only compete, but also support each others’ development!

K. Harshitha and A. Vyshali are Class 6 students in Rollakal School. They love attending school and participate in every school activity such as games & sports, debates, English anchoring during assembly, and trying to get the top rank in class.

Both girls share one thing in common – they’re incredibly self motivated and are looked up to by their peers. With the active encouragement and support of the teachers, both are gaining more confidence in their abilities. It gives us great pleasure to see the growth and development of rural girls through education. We are certain that both will do very well in whatever they choose to do in life.

A Discussion on Women’s Issues & Empowerment

Building a keen sense of social responsibility forms a core part of RDF’s pedagogy. Debates and discussions on social issues are regularly organized, within the school campuses and in the wider community too, as part of awareness building campaigns.

Kalleda School recently organized a discussion with students on the themes of ‘Women’s Empowerment, Equality and Protection’. The important conclusion that the students came to, was the necessity to have fast tract courts to get instant judgment, especially in women’s harassment cases. Through this discussion, they also learnt about women’s rights and laws for protection of women.

We believe that our students need development in many areas, not limited to academics. Going beyond textbook education, by engaging them in relevant and contextual issues, allows them to widen their world view, gain new knowledge and build skills that will help them for life.

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.

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.

A Feast of Festivals!

Kalleda School celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday (Krishnashtami)

India is a country, rich with cultural traditions and festivals. It’s a link to our history and is a wonderful way to keep generations in touch with the best that our history offers.

Festivals such as Ugadi (Telugu New Year), Diwali (Festival of Lights), Raksha Bandhan (celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters), Krishnastami (Lord Krishna’s birth celebration), Boddemma (honouring the feminine divine) etc. are celebrated and cherished in RDF schools.

Girls celebrating Bodemma

By celebrating every festival together, the children learn not just the rituals pertaining to a festival, but also the values embedded in the festivals and their rituals such as respecting elders, behaving with kindness, helping others, sharing what we have etc. We believe understanding the deeper nuances of our festivals help build character and good citizens.

The pictures accompanying this post are from Kalleda School.

Radiant Rajeshwari!

Seeing children blossom in a nurturing learning environment is a delight to witness. Our teachers are trained to spot students’ talents and skills and encourage them. This teacher training has been imparted by RDF staff to the RDF-Tech Mahindra Foundation partnership Government schools in Bahadurapally too.

Rajeshwari, a class 5 student is quite the role model for her peers. She is self directed and self motivated which shows in her academic and extracurricular performance and is especially interested in sports and drawing. She is committed to improving her English communication skills which makes English her favourite subject! In fact, English speaking skills are equal to those of English medium school students!

She is also helpful towards other students and spends interval time to read books and help her younger brother with his reading and writing skills. Her ambition is to study well and become a doctor. She is very happy with the good quality of education being provided in her school and feels grateful to her teachers for supporting her every step of the way.