Originally the home of aborigines, Wayanad’s
socio-economic structure changed drastically during
the 1960’s after the influx of migrants from other
states. The once sparsely populated Wayanad began
filling up with urbanized populations who brought with
them a different culture, value systems and
agricultural practices that slowly spread through the
The most drastic change was felt immediately in
agriculture. Unaware of the age-old traditional
agriculture practices of the tribes, these populations
brought the agricultural practices of the plains.
Paying no regard to the topographical peculiarity and
agro-climate, they pursued intensive farming. This had
a disastrous effect on the quality of the soil.
The change couldn’t have been more far sweeping, as
almost 85% of the inhabitants of the district
population depend entirely on agriculture and allied
activities for their livelihood. The shift in cropping
pattern displaced the tribal way of farming and
destroyed livelihoods, creating a great deal of misery
for the tribals.
All these had a direct bearing on their family
security and adversely affected the schooling of the
tribal children. A preliminary survey conducted in the
district revealed an alarming number of dropouts among
tribal children. The women were forced to take on the
role of bread winning, in addition to family
maintenance, as the men folk turned to liquor and
other addictions. Even the children were compelled to
go for odd jobs to supplement the family earnings.
Against this backdrop, the Wayanad Girijana Seva Trust
started work in 2002, with the objective of changing
the lives of the tribals. The strategy was to target
the education of the next generation. Starting with 42
students, the school has grown to provide education
for more than hundred students today.
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