India’s first transgender school to be opened tomorrow in Kochi
Sahaj International School in Kochi will be the first residential transgender school in the country
Transgender activist and artist Kalki Subramaniam will inaugurate India’s first residential transgender school in Kochi on Friday (December 30).
Sahaj International School in Kochi will be the first residential transgender school in the country.
The school will initially accommodate 10 transgenders, who will study under the National Open School system.
The school will be led by six transgenders working with TransIndia Foundation.
The students had been selected from different sections of the transgender community itself, which includes a disabled person and a migrant, transgender activists Vijayaraja Mallika, Maya Menon and Faisal CK said at a press meet held recently in Kochi.
They had to face a lot of opposition to make this dream a reality. At least 50 building owners had turned down their request for space for the school, The Indian Express reported. The school is now set to start from a space leased out by a Christian organisation.
“In the beginning, we have a few sponsors supporting us. We are planning to seek financial help from government after proving its worthiness,” said Vijayaraja Mallika, who mooted this idea, according to IE.
Christian organisation pro-life sector and National Open School have extended their support for the initiative.
There will be a pool of teachers and social workers who have volunteered to take classes for the students.
Other skill development programmes will also be included in the curriculum. The idea of the school was proposed to instill the belief that education was important and this initiative will ensure that even school drop-outs can resume their studies.
The school will provide education and examination equivalent to Class X and XII, the activists said.
“The aim of transgender school is to provide transgender security, salvation and sustainability,” Vijayaraja Mallika reportedly said at the press meet.