For the First Time, A School for Transgender Students Opens in India

History was made in India's transgender community as the first school for specifically trans students recently opened in the city of Kochi.

Sahaj International, founded by transgender activist Kalki Subramaniam, is hosted by the first state in India to encourage education for transgender people.

Along with this new institution, Kerala is also a state that offers gender assignment surgeries in selected hospitals for free. This helps encourage transgender adults between the ages of 25 and 50 to complete their education. Half of India's transgender population drops out of school, according to BBC, and much of this stems from bullying and exploitation. Sahaj's exam-heavy curriculum, job-related training, and transgender educators hope to change that statistic.

"The school aims at making transgenders eligible for taking decent jobs and living a dignified life," said head of school, Vijayraja Mallika, in an interview with BBC.

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