Kochi to get India’s first transgender school, to be inaugurated on Dec 30

The students have been selected from different sections of the transgender community itself, which includes a disabled person and a migrant.

Written by Shilpa Jacob | Kochi | Updated: December 16, 2016 1:45 pm
Kochi transgender school, kerala transgender school, Sahaj International School The school will be led by six transgenders working with the TransIndia Foundation.

Sahaj International School in Kochi will be the first residential transgender school in the country, transgender activists Vijayaraja Mallika, Maya Menon and Faisal CK said on Thursday. The school will initially accommodate 10 transgenders, who will study under the National Open School system. The school will be inaugurated on December 30 by transgender rights activist and artist Kalki Subramaniam.

The school will be led by six transgenders working with the TransIndia Foundation. The students have been selected from different sections of the transgender community itself, which includes a disabled person and a migrant. “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.

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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 transgenders security, salvation and sustainability,” Vijayaraja 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 says . The school is now set to start from a space leased out by a Christian organisation.

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First Published on: December 15, 2016 7:43 pm
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    Mouralidarane Padmanabhane
    Dec 30, 2016 at 6:53 am
    A wonderful initiative..... Dear friends, was really wanting to attend the inaugural function today.... but due to certain reasons beyond my control, I am unable to do so.....Kalki Subramanian is already in Kochi, I believe.....May your endeavour be the kick-starter for many such schools to blossom..... God bless....
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      Pravin
      Dec 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm
      I agree with Raj, eventually we need fully integrated schools but even a segregated school is a good start. People need a little time to get used to the idea of mainstreaming transgender students. Hopefully it will not take long.
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        Raj
        Dec 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm
        I don't think segregation is the way to get rid of prejudices in society. Affirmative and enlightened ideas should be instilled in 'mainstream' insutes itself. We want people of all persuasions to function and be accepted in mainstream society, and separate schools for each group, I'm afraid, won't be the answer.lt;br/gt;.
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