Thursday, June 25, 2009

Come and discover Kasargod, Karnataka

Kasargod, Jun 24: Here is a school that has imbibed and perhaps, surpassed the multi-linguistic culture of the district. Come to the municipal town government upper primary school in the town to see for yourself the example of unity in diversity. The school houses students who speak twelve different languages and study many of them too. It is apt that it is located in Kasargod district, where people speaking in different languages live in.

The district has always come to be known as a confluence of people from all parts of India. As the district borders Karnataka, a big chunk of the people living in the district follow the culture and traditions of the coastal Karnataka and even now, scores of people make a beeline to Mangalore for commerce, education and health services. Kasargod also has a sizeable NRI population.
Kasargod municipal upper primary school teaches Kannada, Malayalam, Marati, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Konkani, Urdu, Tulu, English, Sanskrit and Arabian languages to its students. Even so, there are students whose mother tongue is different, but they have chosen to study local languages Kannada or Malayalam. The school is nearing its centenary celebrations now.

The school looks like mini India, with people from various backgrounds and mother tongues studying together. Another school which can be compared to this school in terms of languages taught, is Bovikkana UP school where students learning Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Arabian, Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Kodava, Tulu, Sanskrit and Tamil languages are studying in a single class. There are also a few other schools in the district, where as many as seven to eight languages are being taught.