The history of this school stretches back to three centuries, with traces of the early phase of colonialism and a much-lauded legacy of pluralism. A group of local history enthusiasts associated with Nattukoottam, a Kottayam-based history and heritage group, have begun working on the history of the Kottayam Dutch school, or ‘Elanthakalari’ in local parlance -- one of the oldest foreign language schools in the country. A researcher of local history, he chanced upon the presence of a Dutch school in the erstwhile kingdom while going through the archives on the Dutch East India Company. “More details of the school could be found in the biography on Henrik Adriyan van Reed tot Drakestein and Horthus Malabaricus, authored by him. As to the circumstances leading to its closure, he suggests a change in the colonial trade relations and the supply of language experts outstripping the demand as a few among the many possible reasons.
Source: The Hindu December 15, 2018 17:49 UTC