ISLAMABAD(LAHORE), 09 July: Transgender people across Multan took their first class at a school in Gulgasht area on Thursday, July 8.
It was inaugurated by the Punjab government and is located in the Government Girls Comprehensive Higher Secondary School. The school was established under a pilot project, Transeducation.
Dr Ehtesham Anwar giving a brief overview
In the first phase, 18 students have been registered, according to South Punjab Education Secretary Dr Ehtesham Anwar. The classes will be held from 4pm to 6pm.
Students have been divided into four groups: primary, elementary, secondary and higher secondary.
The government has provided pick and drop service, uniforms and course books to students as well.
“In the next phase, we will introduce a vocational training programme for them which will include hairdressing, makeup, tailoring and cooking courses,” Anwar said.
This will not just educate the transgender people but will increase livelihood and business opportunities for them as well, he added.
Educated transgender people have been hired to teach students. Volunteer teachers from the same school have been hired as well.
Similar projects will be inaugurated in other parts of Punjab, Anwar added.
Punjab Minister for Schools Murad Raas on Tuesday announced to open a school for transgenders in Multan besides having a plan to open more such educational institutes in other parts of the Punjab province.
“It was an entire community that we have sidelined previously and had never thought that they would be getting education or jobs,” Murad Raas said adding that they have taken the decision after meeting the representatives of the transgender community. He said that they were asked why transgenders are not encouraged to join regular schools. “If they go to regular schools then children who do not understand the emotional side of it could hurt them by poking fun at them,” the education minister said.