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Rural Learning, Global Training!

The quality education partnership between RDF & Tech Mahindra Foundation got another feather in its cap through the achievements of it students in a local essay comptetion.

Getting to a point of competing in an event that involved not just writing in English, a language students in rural and semi rural areas have limited exposure to; but also to utilise higher level thinking skills, in order to write a comprehensive essay was no mean task. Till just as recent as 2 years back, these students would not have had the confidence or the ability to write or compete in English. The intensive efforts that have been made in this partnership, implemented with the encouragement of the RDF team and the local teachers are paying dividends!

An essay writing competition was conducted in which students of the Zilla Parishad High School and other schools in the area participated with enthusiasm.  The topic for the competition was “Global Warming“.  Children’s participation was overwhelming and the innovative ideas and knowledge about the real concern of ‘global warming’, among the children was appreciable.

The winners were presented with medals and participation certificates. In this context, the school staff and RDF voluntary staff deputed for ARISE project of the Tech Mahindra Foundation were applauded for their contribution in providing high quality education standards for the children. Here are the students who got medals with appreciation certificates –

L-R: M. Mounika – Class 9, Y. Saivarun – Class 7, T. Sunitha – Class 8

Through this partnership, it is the aim of both RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation to provide the best facilities to children from deprived backgrounds, whose families struggle to even send their children to school. For children from remote rural and semi rural areas to research, read, think and analyse events and topics that are global in nature, is truly amazing! It just goes to show how meaningful engagement with staff and students can empower them in such leaps and bounds!

 

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Our Role in Enrollment

The Telangana Government has launched the ‘Professor Jaya Shankar Badibata Programme’ which aims to drive enrollment levels in schools by motivating and encouraging families to enroll school age children and school dropouts to join neighbourhood government schools.

ZPHS students in the school enrollment rally in Bahadurapally

As part of this initiative, students of the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zilla Parishad High School, along with staff from ZPHS and the Mandal Parishal Primary School, conducted an awareness program and rally in and around the village of Bahadurapally.

Students, as spokespersons of their school, spoke to parents to encourage them to send their children to school, giving details about the high quality of education and facilities that are being provided as part of the school improvement partnership between TMF and RDF.

Students talking to the local community during the drive

The villagers responded positively and were found to be aware of best practices being implemented both the government schools through existing parents and children.

With many school age children still not in school and school dropouts getting marginalized in society; such initiatives are crucial to helping families making an informed decision to send their wards to school.

 

A Good Hand for Handwriting

The two Government schools in Bahadurapally that are part of the School Quality Improvement Program – a partnership between RDF and Tech Mahindra Foundation follow RDF’s best practices when it comes to upgrading student’s and teacher’s skills. RDF continues to do its work with rural, underprivileged children due to its committed education partners and also thanks to passionate trainers and volunteers.

One such passionate volunteer was invited to the Mandal Parishal Primary School and the Zilla Parishad High School for a training training program on ‘Handwriting Skills’. Aimed at techniques to improve handwriting skills for Primary and High school students, the workshop was facilitated by expert handwriting specialist Mr. Azaz Ahmed.

The school was abuzz with excitement as many had already viewed his handwriting skills session on YouTube and Whatsapp. During the workshop, he trained students in writing in Hindi, Telugu and English. He explained new techniques to develop good handwriting, including how to and how not to write.  He also won hearts by singing Sanskrit slokas and narrating motivational anecdotes to the audience. The feedback received from the students and staff was very positive. Mr. K. Balraj, the schools’ Telugu Pandit said that he loved Mr. Ahmed’s way of teaching and found it an unforgettable class. The schools intend to have him back for more sessions soon!

 

The Science of Creativity and Experimentation

Curiosity and creativity are the single most important traits that a person can have. Child development experts, educators, psychologists and scientists alike have researched and written about the importance of retaining a sense of curiosity for personal development and achievement.

Curiosity in any theme or subject leads to a sense of creativity, exploration and experimentation – the results of which, whether success or failure provide immense learning value. Such traits are the cornerstone of problem solving and innovation. The world definitely needs more creative problem solvers and innovators!

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The proud ZPHS children with their certificates and prizes

The RDF institutions and its partner schools, the Government Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools encourage an environment of creativity. Students also imbibe a concept more wholeheartedly when a concept is shown practically through experiments. Therefore the Science classes are generally abuzz with practical demonstrations and experiments to study a scientific concept. Therefore, when the Janyaa Foundation, a foundation the aims to encourage creative problem solving skills in rural children in India, invited rural and government schools to a Science and Maths exhibition, the Zilla Parishad High School responded to the invitation and sent in 6 exhibits that had been developed by some imaginative middle school children with the help of their Science teachers.

We are very proud to announce that 3 out of the 6 exhibits won awards! Maroof Ali & MD. Baba of Class 6 got the first prize exhibit on Magnetism. Y. Sai Varun and N. Ganesh of Class 7 got second prize for the Science exhibit on Light Reflection. Simhadri of Class 7 too was awarded an appreciation prize for his Tables chart.  Also, all children who participated in this exhibition were awarded with participation certificates.

The students and the school staff also are very happy about the effort and hard work of its students that won them prizes for their good work from Janyaa Foundation. Parents were invited to the school to see the exhibits and see the prizes and certificates that were given. It was a matter of pride for the parents too, to see their children’s achievements.

Finally it’s a great honor to the school and we wish the budding young scientist children many more years of happy experimenting and inventiveness!

Safeguarding the Kitchen Gardens

Like the five RDF institutions, the Mandal and Zilla Parishad schools in Bahadurpally village that are a part of the Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF program partnership, have provision of planting fruits and vegetables in their kitchen gardens. Despite the efforts of the caretakers, in previous seasons, saplings couldn’t grow due to water shortage and pests.

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Yield in the Primary School kitchen garden

However, effective water management techniques such as saving water in drums and usage of boring water augmented the growth of the plants. The bandicoots and pests continued to remain a problem in the schools. The usage of natural pesticides prevented damage to the plants and produced good yield.

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

Yield in the High School kitchen garden

The seeds of spinach, soya beans, bottle gourds, tomatoes and papaya were purchased. Due to the above mentioned initiatives, the produce increased significantly in the schools. The sweet potatoes produced were used for cooking and served to all the students of the high school.

Beeriah and his wife, Ellava, the watchman and caretaker team have worked ceaselessly in order to protect the kitchen gardens and ensure that it flourishes. We are very grateful for their efforts!

Engaged Parents and Community

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

RDF team addressing ZPHS parents

The Zilla Parishad High School continued with its commitment to keep parent community involved in the school activities and progress. At this meeting, the RDF team was present to interact with parents regarding not merely informing them about children’s progress and the various activities in the school over the year, but how to keep them proactive in their child’s learning.

Parents were keen to know the changes in the school and details of provisions given to the students. Parents were aware of the remedial classes, additional coaching classes and snacks being provided.

Children who participated in the National Karate Championship were introduced and this motivated parents on the importance of sports coaching and they agreed to send their children for sports related and other activities being organised.

Teachers going over student records with parents

Teachers going over student records with parents

Parent records were updated with submission of Aadhar Card copies and updated contact numbers. Thereafter the class teachers had discussions with parents individually about their child’s progress and distributed report cards.

Digital Classes

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A digital class in progress at the high school

Schools have taken to technology with aplomb. Digital classes have been introduced in practically all schools. However, most government school lack these facilities with the result the students enrolled in government schools do not know how to use computers, navigate the internet or use technical devices like projectors.

However, the scenario in the Tech Mahindra Foundation sponsored Zilla Parishad High School is unlike other government schools. The school has started Digital classes with the support of Tech Mahindra Foundation and RDF. The school is now equipped with computers, a printer and projector.

Students have taken to learning via technology with enthusiasm, of course! Visitors have complimented the new facilities which has definitely enhanced the learning environment in the school.