Pakistan launches first transgender school, ‘The Gender Guardian’

By Tanaya
, News Tracklive, Apr 16 2018

first school for the transgender’s community was launched. From Monday the
school started with its first classes slated to begin from, according to the
media report. The school, ‘The Gender Guardian’, was inaugurated on Sunday by
the NGO Exploring Future Foundation (EFF). This school is the first project
attempted by the NGO, says Dawn News.

to the Moizzah Tariq, EFF Managing Director, the school will be providing
skill-based training and curriculum to the transgender community that has enrolled
in the school. Most of them have shown interest in sectors of the fashion
industry including learning about cosmetics, fashion designing, embroidery, and
stitching while some have also shown interest in graphic designing and culinary
skills. Having gained information from the interested candidates first
afterwards the school will design our courses for them.
Shahzad, the owner of the school, said there are 30 people enrolled in the
school. “I was moved after seeing the bomb blast in Indonesia in 2016 at a
transgender school. It was the only such school in any Islamic country in the
world. After that we decided to provide them education and bring them to the
mainstream,” he said.
The plan
is to provide a diploma course so that the students will be able to either work
or set up their own businesses, and the NGO will facilitate them with both
procedures. There is no age limit for those who want to get enrolled in the
total population of transgender people reported in the sixth Popu­lation and
Housing Census in 2017 was 10,418, reports Dawn news. Punjab province has 64.4
percent of the country’s transgender population with 6,709 people registered in
the category.