First school for trans­gen­ders starts classes in Pak

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Pak­istan's first of its kind school for trans­gen­ders opened here to­day to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional skills to peo­ple from the com­mu­nity.

The Gen­der Guardian school has been opened by NGO Ex­plor­ing Fu­ture Foun­da­tion (EFF) in the De­fence Hous­ing Au­thor­ity area of the city. The NGO said La­hore -- Pak­istan's sec­ond-most pop­u­lous city -- has a pop­u­la­tion of about 30,000 trans­gen­der per­sons.

Classes com­menced in the school, which of­fers a full 12 years of aca­demic ed­u­ca­tion from the pri­mary level to ma­tric­u­la­tion and then lead­ing up to col­lege, its of­fi­cials said.

The school also has train­ing-based cour­ses in eight fields, in­clud­ing cook­ing, fash­ion de­sign­ing and cos­met­ics, on of­fer.

"This school has been set up to ed­u­cate the ne­glected and op­pressed sec­tion of the so­ci­ety. It is un­for­tu­nate that trans­gen­ders are forced to live in iso­la­tion since their child­hood," says EFF's Asif Shahzad, the owner of the school.

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