Varadhi 2011: Vandemataram Foundation Mahaboobnagar to Meridian

Around Two hundred ten students along with twenty VMF volunteers from Eleven School participated in Mahaboobnagar to Meridian-Varadhi 2011 a Rural-Urban Cultural Exchange Programme at Meridian High School,  Banjara Hills from August 12 to 15, 2011.

These students are from Zilla Parishad High Schools from six Mandals  of Mahaboobnagar District. These Students arrived on August12, 2011 at 12pm and the inaugural programme commenced at 2pm. Smt. Usha Reddy, Principal Meridian School extended a warm welcome to these students, volunteers, and VMF staff.

The very purpose of this exchange programme was to equip these rural with essential study skills, special English course, Mathematical and analytical skills and Mind Mapping.

According students of VIII and IX were divided into groups (two groups per class).
The three day stay routine is as follows:

 Day commenced with Yoga at 5a.m followed by games. After freshening up and breakfast, classes commenced from 9 am till 5pm with lunch and tea breaks in between.

Meridian Staff and teachers have undergone training in teaching in Telugu and make it easy to understand for government school students.

As part of sightseeing, om August 13, 2011 these students visited RamaKrishna Math and met Swamiji Bhodamayanandha Maharaj who motivated students with his commendable speech. Then proceeded toHi-tech city and krishnakanth park at yusafguda.

On August 14, 2011 they visited Birla science museum and Birla planetarium.
On August 15, 2011 on the occasssion of Independence Day special Cultural programme was exhibited by both Meridian School students and Governmnet school students of Mahaboobnagar. Few students also gave
wonderful speeches on freedom struggle and freedon fighters in present day context.

Apart from this, in the evenings cultural programme was organized to give ample platform to the government school students to exhibit their talents. Many students took this opportunity and sang wonderful songs
with moral behind, shared their experiences and also entertained all with funny bones.

August 15, 2011, at 2 pm the government school students bid adieu to Meridian School students, teachers and Staff.

The Vandematarm foundation is indeed greatly indebted to Meridian staff and teachers for taking all the pains in teaching these Telugu medium students in Telugu.

Also, indebted to Smt Usha Reddy Principal Meridian School for making all the logistic arrangements and hospitality.

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