Kerala becomes the First to host India's transgender school

Kochi:India’s first transgender school opened in Kochi on Friday. The school, named Sahaj International, was inaugurated by transgender activist, writer and actor Kalki Subramaniam at Thrikkakara in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. This alternative learning centre works in collaboration with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The school, the first of its kind in the country, is expected to go a long way in ensuring equal opportunities for transgenders who have dropped out from school. The new learning centre will help them continue their education and appear for Class X and XII examinations.
Training for soft skills, stitching, organic farming, oration, personality development will be given to students. V S Raveendran, regional director of NIOS, said  the alternate learning centre for transgender community will soon be a special accredited institution of NIOS.
The transgender school is headed by six transgenders and a woman under the Transgender Foundation.The school will initially start with 10 students including a migrant and a differently abled transgender. There will be a pool of 60 trainers which includes teachers, social workers, doctors and engineers to support the educationally disadvantaged to strengthen their community’s social status. Vijayaraja Malika,is the driving force behind this pioneering institution.
The transgenders had great difficulty in finding a place to start the school in the city. The organisers said most building owners had refused to give them space to start the school. The school became a reality after a Christian organisation, CMC Vimala Province, leased out a rent free building situated in a 1.5 acres plot in Thrikkakara.

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Anamika sharma

Its a great effort,kerala...

Jan. 2, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Please send the contact numbers for the school

Jan. 12, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

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