Controversy and Collapse: On Christian Day Schools

  • Karen Vallgårda
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


In June 1882 the missionary Albert Ihle, who was in charge of the main Danish mission station in South India at the time — Siloam in the village of Tirukkoyilur — reported an episode that had taken place in the nearby village of Iddayar, where the missionaries had recently opened a day school:

It was in the middle of the night, he [the schoolteacher Bakianandan], his wife, and children were sleeping in the school building and were woken by a crackling sound above their heads. B[akianandan] rushed out and called Perumal whose house lies nearby. Children and furniture were saved and they saw the arsonist, a man who had [ineligible] several threats against the Christians and threatened to set fire to the school and drive us out.1


Mission Station Evening School Colonial Government Local Elite Mission School 
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© Karen Vallgårda 2015

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  • Karen Vallgårda
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark

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