Kochi, Dec 17, 2016: India will have its first residential transgender school, Sahaj International School, in Kerala’s commercial capital, Kochi. The Christian organization in Kochi leased the land for the school. Activists Faisal CK, Maya Menon, and Vijayaraja Mallika made the announcement on 10th December.
The school will initially enroll 10 transgender who will follow the National Open School curriculum.
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According to Indian Express, Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist and artist, will inaugurate the school on December 30. The school will be led by 6 transgender associated with TransIndia Foundation.
“In the beginning, we have a few sponsors supporting us. We are planning to seek financial help from the government after proving its worthiness,” said Vijayaraja Mallika, who mooted this idea.
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The students have been chosen from different Transgender communities, including a migrant and a disabled student. The school will provide the education equivalent to Class X and XII.
“The aim of Transgender School is to provide transgenders security, salvation and sustainability,” Mallika added.
The transgenders had great difficulty in finding a place to start a school. “We must have been turned down by at least 50 building owners,” Mallika regretted.
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National Open School and Christian organization pro-life sector have offered their support for the initiative. Many teachers and social workers have offered assistance by taking classes for the students. The curriculum will also include some skill development programs. The idea behind opening the school is to inspire the belief that education is the basic human right and the initiative will ensure that school drop-outs can resume their studies.
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