|Kottayam, Kerala, India|
Pallikoodam is a high school in the Kalathilpady area of Kottayam in Kerala, India. It was established as Corpus Christi High School in 1967 by educator and women's rights activist, Mary Roy. The term "Pallikkoodam" means school in the Tamil and Malayalam languages.
The campus of the school was designed by architect Laurie Baker and includes a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, a football field, an 800-seat auditorium, and platforms for theatre and other performing arts. The school has a full-time faculty for sports, drama, music, dance and other arts.
The school has partnered with activist organisations including Greenpeace, EXNORA, and several NGOs in Kerala for projects. Victim relief efforts have been organised by the school in the wake of disasters such as the Orissa cyclones and the 2005 tsunami. The school was a subject of a documentary by the Indian broadcaster Doordarshan: Mary Roy and Corpus Christi. Projects of the school have been featured on BBC World and Star News. In 2006 and 2009, the school won the TCS IT Wiz trophy.
Pallikoodam School has championed several socio-environmental causes in Kottayam. It protested against the official apathy regarding the Vadavathoor Dump problem and formed the Citizen's Action Forum (CAF) which discusses such issues.
There was a lack of water at the Institute of Child Health in Kottayam; it was found that there was adequate water supply to the I.C.H., but the Class IV employees had diverted it into their own quarters where it was being used to irrigate crops. Due to the sustained agitation by the CAF, the water supply was restored.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has formulated the Municipal Wastes Management and Handling Rules, 2000. Bala Bhu Bhadratha, an environmental organisation started in Pallikoodam, has filed a Writ of Mandamus in the High Court of Kerala, praying that these rules be implemented in Kottayam. Pallikoodam has also fought against the pollution in the Meenchil River and the use of endosulfan in India. The school has distributed hundreds of waste compost units, teaching people to segregate waste, and the students of Pallikoodam have often cleaned up the nearby Kalathipady road, Karipal Hospital area.
Emphasizes on mother tongue
The school teaches English after 4th standard. It helps students to think and speak in their mother tongue Malayalam at a tender age which helps them love their own language.