Each student enrolled in an RDF school receives the following:
RDF believes that every student requires a healthy body to have a healthy mind. Every day, schools provide a nutritious mid-day meal which comprises of rice, daal (lentils) and one vegetable curry. Students may have as many servings as they like. The meal environment is also very important to RDF. Staff and older students take turns serving and ensure that not a single grain of rice is wasted. Everyone — from the senior teachers to the nursery students — eats together in the same area and starts the meal with a Sanskrit thanksgiving chant.
Each student is provided two sets of uniforms every 18 months. The idea of the uniform is to promote equality amongst all students and reduce unnecessary distractions and comparisons. Cleanliness and hygiene are also promoted through daily uniform checks.
Every year, students receive textbooks for all their subjects (including Maths, social science, languages, science, etc). One set of notebooks is also included for each subject. The textbooks follow the Telugu Medium Andhra Pradesh Secondary School Certificate (SSC). In 2012, Kalleda School and Matendla School received textbooks in English. Textbooks were donated by Orient Blackswan. In Kalleda School, textbooks and content were specifically created by the team at Silver Oaks Schools who have provided a specialized, contextual and integrated curriculum for primary school. Students follow Ratna Sagar books this year. They are purchased and supplied to all the children in place of Silver Oak books. Students are able to understand and follow the content with the teacher’s guidance. The books also include a CD for Soft skills development. So students learn the communication skills by listening and speaking through the CD.
Meditation and Yoga
RDF believes that physical nourishment in the form of the Midday Meal program needs to be complemented with mental, emotional and spiritual nourishment. Daily meditation and yoga practice with students and staff alike help promote an environment of wellbeing. Expert yoga and meditation facilitators are regularly invited to RDF schools to help support these sessions and create a true holistic atmosphere where students and staff thrive.