Students from Bairakuppa crossing Kabini river to attend Perikkalloor school | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Pulpally: Government Higher Secondary School in Perikkalloor, Wayanad, witnesses a merger of cultures. Children from Karnataka and Wayanad in Kerala come together to learn from the school. The Kabini river, which serves as a natural border between Kerala and Karnataka, does not act as a dividing line but rather brings unity among the students from across the region.
Approximately 70 children from Karnataka villages such as Bairakuppa, Machur, and Bavali study at the Perikkalloor school. These students range from pre-primary to plus two.
Those who come from Karnataka are the offspring of families who migrated from this region to the Kannada land many years ago, primarily for agricultural and other purposes. At home, these students speak only Kannada, but when they arrive at school, they embrace their Malayali identity.
In a significant development, new life jackets have been provided for the children crossing the river to reach the school. This initiative was implemented following a report published in Mathrubhumi.
Additionally, students belonging to the Gowda community, who migrated from Karnataka to Marakkadavu in Wayanad a century ago, are also enrolled at Perikkalloor school.