Target community children and youth will develop and demonstrate quality cultural skills that enhance their self value and recognition in society and will help increase awareness among people on the key issues that contribute towards building a caring and just society
Learning cultural skills such as singing, dancing, playing instruments etc., will not only give an opportunity for children belonging to marginalized sections to bring out their hidden talents but also getting a feeling of equality with others. They are enacting the role of various Gods, Goddesses, kings and queens which were once confined to children of privileged sections.
RDT believes that education doesn’t mean only studies but should be holistic covering sports and cultural activities. Across years children from Ananthapuram and Kurnool districts have participated in various cultural festivals not only at Mandal and District level but also at State and National level and won many prizes and awards.
Highlights of Cultural Sector-2014-15:
- 118-Special Cultural Schools are running, each providing intensive cultural training to an average of 35-40 children.
- 8-literate women were trained in make-up under the guidance of Dr.RR.Harischandra, a professor in Central University, Hyderabad. A total of 21 women were so far trained upto the end of March 2015 in make-up and they would soon become professional make-up artistes.
- Children trained by RDT took part in ALL India NAVARASA NATYA KALA ROOPALA Competitions organized by KALA NILAYAM at CHILAKALURIPETA in GUNTUR in the month of May 2014 and won two first prizes, one third price and one consolation prize in dancing and first and second prizes in singing.
- SRUJANA Cultural Festival was conducted for children with cerebral palsy, children with visual disability, physical disability, mental disability and speech & hearing disability during May 2014. Competition was in various cultural events including group rhymes, mimicry, orchestra, mono action, solo mime, group mime and magic.
- 618 cultural performances to create awareness among people on various social, health specially STD/HIV/AIDS, immunization and institutional deliveries and developmental issues.
- A short feature film on SPANDINCHU-SAAYAM ANDHINCHU (Let your hearts move and hands help) enacted by children was produced with a view to sensitizing people to shoulder social responsibility by maintaining SEVA HUNDIS as part of India for India Program.
- Youth in 33 villages who were trained in RAM LAKHAN Drums acquired an income generating cultural skills that contributed for getting seasonal employment, achieving upward occupational mobility, attaining artiste status and enhancing their socio-economic status.
- 5 staff members representing the organization including one lady with hearing disability are registered magicians with the All India Magicians Association.
- 4720 children hailing from 118 villages who were trained in various cultural events took part in various private and public functions including the functions conducted at the organizational level.
The main aim of true education is to develop an all round personality of the child. It means education should result in the mental, moral and physical development of child. It is sad that present system of education lays stress on the mental development beyond tolerance without bothering about either physical or moral development.
Children become dull when we insist them to read without any play even during play hours. It is for this reason many schools and colleges which turn out millions of educated youths every year who bear the stamps of degrees but whose personalities remain totally dull and undeveloped.
Unless sports and games along with health education become part of the curriculum of studies of children, it is futile to expect mental, moral & physical development.
Ever since its inception in 2002, the ‘Sports Centre’ now emerging as ‘Ananthapuram Sports Academy (ASA) is one of the best venues having modern amenities and infrastructure and equipment base which are on par with national & international standards.
It has an extent of 32 acres of land located at the outskirts of Ananthapuram Town adjacent to the National Highway. It is 2 Km away from the Central Office. It is surrounded by good vegetation with a natural stream flowing adjoining the Sports Centre. As it is away from town it is freed from pollution & traffic disturbance. The whole sports centre was covered with fencing to prevent entry of animals and strangers into the campus. Some of the highlights of the Sports Academy include:
Infrastructure & Facilities:
- It has two cricket grounds, one ground for football and one ground for hockey.
- It has 400 mts. X 8 mts lane Athletic Track
- It has 4 turf, 1 synthetic turf and 2 matting nets for the required practice sessions.
- There is one Dormitory consisting of 16 rooms which accommodate 300 basic level age group competitors.
- The Sports Centre has a fully equipped Gymnasium to cater the requirements of various athletes of different disciplines.
- It has an exclusive Hockey Academy for boys and girls with an intake of 25 students each, football and cricket academy for boys. There are two Education cum- Sports Coaching Centres functioning at Bhathalapalli and Athmakur where 326 comprised of 224 boys and 102 girls hailing from rural areas are getting trained in Football, hockey, cricket, Kabaddi and Kho Kho.
- Nadal Education cum Sports Coaching Centre also exists in the same campus providing coaching to 172 children
A few highlights:
- National Sports Day was celebrated on 31 August. Sports Centre which was hithero confined to those enrolled in academics or coaching centres became open to day scholars in six sports namely hockey, cricket, football, tennis, judo and softball. Archery and shooting were demonstrated. Promoting sports culture in society at large started in right earnest.
- Rural Cricket tournament for boys and girls at area and central level was conducted. 360 boys’ teams and 84 girls’ teams took part in area level tournaments while 32 boys and32 girls teams competed at the central level tournament. BK Samudram boys’ team and Bandlapalli girls’ teams won champions in the central competition.
- Players trained by RDT represented Andhra Cricket Team. 2 played in U-23 Andhra Team followed by who played in U-19 Andhra Team and 6 played in U-16 Andhra Team.
- 2 -Hockey academy students got selected for AGC Sports Academy while a student by name SRIRANGA secured job at PCTC Bangalore. One of the students of Hockey Academy got PRATHIBHA (Merit) award for his excellence in studies by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
- Pallavi, student of NADAL Education cum Tennis Coaching Centre won first singles title in the South India, AITA Tournament held in Ananthapuram in the month of August. She was also a semi-finalist in three AITA tournaments. 7 students from the centre took part in AITA tournaments.
- Previous records were broken in Rural Athletics meet for girls. New meet records were created by Shakunthala in 100 metres race (14.43 seconds), Geetha in high jump (1.33 metres), Uma in shot put (7.68 metres) and by Punyasri in Javelin (27.15 metres).
- In Judo 20 out of 24 gold medals were secured by Ananthapuram boys and girls teams who won state championship held in September at Tirupathi.
- Ananthapuram district team won junior state championship in December. An international seminar on softball was conducted in sports centre in the month of September.
- Spain Special Olympics Committee made a special invitation to Athletes of Andhra Pradesh to take part in Invitation Tournament held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2014. 3 out of 4 athletes who represented Andhra Pradesh are from RDT and they got silver and a bronze medal in Badminton.
- 13 special athletes with intellectual disability are trained by RDT to represent India in Los Angeles Summer Special Olympics.
- 22 teams were participated in Ananthapuram football league for U-17 and U-15 during November 2014 while the academy children participated in U-18 Bellary South Indian open football tournament and reached quarter-finals
- A formation course was conducted for 40 football coaches from all over the Ananthapuram district during November 2014