Transgender school opening in Kochi

22 Dec 2016 | Written by Supriya ; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

For the first time, a residential transgender school will be inaugurated in Kochi on December 30.

The school is named as 'Sahaj International School' which will in the beginning admit ten transgenders.

This institution has been set up with the support of members from the TransIndia foundation.

The school has yet to seek financial help from the government.

In context: India's first transgender school coming up

OverviewKerala leads the way to include transgenders

Kerala was the first Indian state to adopt a policy for the transgender community; its objective was to end discrimination and societal maltreatment towards transgenders.

Separately, a transgender justice board was also proposed to ensure equal treatment to transgenders by providing identity certificates.

In another inclusive move, Kochi Metro had come forward to offer jobs to transgenders; however lack of education was a hurdle.

22 Dec 2016Transgender school opening in Kochi

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Six activists from the the TransIndia Foundation will lead this residential transgender school.

The school has also received support from Christian organization Pro-life and National Open School.

Several teachers and social workers have volunteered to hold classes for the school's students.

The activists were turned down by 50 building owners but finally succeeded in leasing space from a Christian organization.

WhatGoals and aspiration

To promote inclusiveness school students have been selected from different sections of transgender community and includes a disabled child and a migrant.

The Sahaj International School will provide education as well as examinations equivalent to grade Class X and XII.

Vocational or skill development programmes are likely to form part of the curriculum.

The school wants to also help drop-outs complete their education.

Financial assistance

Transgender activist Vijayaraja Mallika said, "In the beginning, we have a few sponsors supporting us. We are planning to seek financial help from the government after proving its worthiness."

30 Dec 2016Kochi's transgender schools starts with 10 students

India's first alternative learning centre for the transgender community has started in Kochi; the school called Sahaj International will be inaugurated by activist-actor-artist Kalki Subramaniam.

The management has short-listed 10 students for the first batch and have got sponsors for the students' registration and study materials.

The schools will provide academic learning, vocational skills and confidence building exercises as well.