RDF Kalleda School
No. of classes: Nursery – 10th
Total no. of students: 549; 296 boys, 253 girls
Kalleda is RDF’s flagship school. Housed in the former estate of the Errabelli family, the school combines high academic standards with extra-curricular activities such as sports, cultural activities and a working farm.
The school exemplifies RDF’s emphasis on preparing students for the modern workplace while respecting their cultural heritage. Students are farming paddy vegetables with organic fertilizers, and the resulting crops are used for their mid-day meals. On the same campus, a computer lab lets rural student children learn the Internet and computer skills vital for modern careers.
Kalleda’s success is seen in the national, state and district competitions where they are winning awards at national, state and district level in a wide range of events which include – athletics, yoga, kho kho and kabbadi. Students also recently won second place in a district level science exhibition.
Students are using Khan Academy’s educational CD’s and are improving their English listening and speaking skills. Students are also actively participating a photo blog which allows them to demonstrate their creativity.
RDF Matendla School
No. of classes: Nursery – 10th
Total no. of students: 391; 203 boys, 188 girls
Matendla was the first RDF school to be built outside the Warangal district. In a decade, it has grown from a small primary school “under the trees” to a new building offering up to 10th grade instruction. Matendla’s headmaster N. Vishnu Murthy is a proactive leader who leads by example.
The school is proud of its sporting achievements – four girl students have been selected to participate in – Kabaddi, Kho Kho, volley ball and atheletics – at district level. Some students have gone on to participate in basket ball and kho kho at the more competitive state level. Four former students have been selected to attend specialist sports schools.
Alumni from the school are involved in a special programme sponsored by the Indian government which is working with women in the village to alleviate female adult literacy.
RDF Redlawada School
No. of classes: Nursery – 7th
Total no. of students: 206; 107 boys, 99 girls
Redlawada is proud it’s been able to reduce the cost of its midday meal by $6 USD a week. Students and staff are making good use of their newly acquired garden, which supplies tomatoes, gourds and greens for their own meals while all remaining vegetables are sold to other RDF schools. Nothing is ever wasted. Ash from the wood-burning fire that cooks their meals is used to fertilize the soil.
Cognizant Foundation has generously donated a library consisting of academic and non academic books to enrich students’ reading experience. The teachers are also beginning to use these new books as reference material to enhance their lessons. Cognizant has also donated to build new rooms and improve the computer department.The school recently received a grant from the Australian Consulate’s Direct Aid Program to construct toilets for staff and students. Everyone is thrilled!
Headmaster K. Mallikarjun estimates that out of a total school population of 206, a few students are destined for university admission — and ultimately, top jobs. Right now, the brightest students are encouraged to work alongside average ones in order to motivate good learning habits.
RDF Wadlakonda School
No. of classes: Nursery – 8th
Total no. of students: 200; 82 boys, 118 girls
Rollakal School (formerly Wadlakonda School) was previously being held at a dilapidated former estate in the village of Wadlakonda. With some parts of the building unsound, classes were taking place outside. But members of the founding family went out of their way to purchase an area of land to construct a new building.
Further good news came in the form of a construction grant by the international IT services organisation, Infor, and its employees. The entire cost of construction, including site design, contractor and vendor relationships, site visits and painting of the school was done by Infor employees.
The school was inaugurated in January 2013! With this, another RDF dream has come true. The new construction also heralds a period of change for a school, a new challenge that everyone is ready for. The school will begin transition to English medium using the Silver Oaks curriculum for Nursery – Class 3. A sports teacher has also been hired, so that traditional sports and games can be brought in. With the arrival of a new Education Coordinator for all schools, Rollakal School is ready for the next era of change!
RDF Vanitha Achuta Pai Vidyalaya Junior College
Courses offered: MPC, BPC, CEC
Total no. of students: 174; 95 boys, 79 girls
The Junior College is best known for its excellence in archery, after one of its former students shot to fame in the 2007 Asian Junior Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics Students can be seen practising their archery skills in the grounds in the early morning and later afternoon, before and after classes and when dusk falls they retire inside to clean and sharpen their arrows to ensure they remain in tip-top condition. Their perseverance pays dividends because students win regular awards at both state and national events. The college coach is Mr. Prabir Das from Calcutta. He started coaching in 1975 and is a national champion has coached Dola Benarji represented India in 2004,2008 and Rahul Benarji who played in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games last year. Prabirdas joined RDF in July 22nd.2003.
This is an English and Telugu medium college which attracts students from the surrounding districts. Students played an active role in the appointment last year ( 2010) of a new headmaster – Mr A Shankar, previously a lecturer and principal in the state capital, Hyderabad. He has a Masters degree in zoology, a post graduate diploma in English language teaching and is in his final year of an MA in English literature.
The fifteen lecturers at the College are all post-graduates. Courses offered include specializations in MPC (Maths, Physics, Chemistry), BPC (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and CEC (Civics, Economics, Commerce).
The College is proud of its contact with parents who are kept informed about their children’s progress through both telephone and text messaging.
Washington University in St Louis started the Village India Program with the Junior College in 2007, which takes place every summer when students from Wash U come and teach extra-curricular courses such as journalism, photo-blogging, and interview skills.