In efforts to mainstream the transgender population of the country, Bangladesh opened its first religious school for transgenders. The school has been set up in Dhaka.
The school will offer religious education and vocational training to over 150 students. The school is being managed by a local madrassa and will teach these students free of cost.
The country’s unofficial numbers put the population count of transgenders to over 50,000. Without any formal training and education, they find it difficult to find means of earning. Many have no other option but to earn through singing and dancing at weddings and other festivities, begging and engaging in sex work.
By offering them education and training, it is hoped that they will gain respect in society and manage to find respectable employment opportunities.
Source: BBC News