Sahaj International Residential School, which will be opened in Kochi from 30 December, 2016, is one of a kind in the country. The school aims to provide inclusive education to transgender dropouts who had to quit their academic education at the basic level due to society’s approach towards them. However, times have changed and various reforms and policies have also been formulated for transgenders in country, which are aimed at their well-being and upliftment.
The contribution of many transgender activists like Vijayaraja Mallika deserves a mention because she is one among the strong pillars who conceived this idea and turned it into a reality. The school, which will initially accommodate 10 transgender dropouts from different transgender communities comprising male to female, female to male, trans-section, tribal, migrant and disabled, will follow the National Open School curriculum and will also include skill development programmes. The school will conduct classes and hold examinations equivalent to classes 10 and 12.
Several teachers and social workers have volunteered to take the classes.