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Transgender people need proper education

Transgender people need proper education

RAJSHAHI: Sijan, 19, a transgender, is very much confident over transforming his life into a social contributor after the best uses of his firm mental strength, reports BSS.
“I am dreaming of becoming a successful fashion designer as I have knack relating to this,” asserted Sijan, currently a first year honours student in geography at Rajshahi New Government Degree College.
Talking to BSS inclusively here he sought cooperation of all quarters including the government and other policy makers so that he can get congenial atmos-phere to materialize his dream.
Various embarrassing and challenging situation from the surroundings frequently enhanced his mental and moral strength towards contributing to the society.
Another transgender Mazed Ali, a first-year graduation course student in Rajshahi College, narrated his dreams seeking social and policy support.
He says many parents admit their transgender kids to primary and high schools every year but the students couldn’t complete course due to adverse situation created by their surroundings. As a result, they failed to become active citizens.
Prof Anwarul Hassan Sufi of Department of Psychology in Rajshahi University opined school and family level counseling on transgender issues can be the effective means to overcome the dropout from educational institutions. There is no way but to expose the basic things including physical and mental issues to the members of the society.
Terming the issue of transgender as natural Prof Sufi says school teachers, students and family members should have clear ideas about fundamental rights of the extreme socially excluded population for their welfare.
Moreover, he called for incorporating chapters in the textbooks men-tioning the existence of transgender in the society. There should have quota for transgender stu-dents in different higher seats of learning to create education scope for them. To inspire and encourage them to education there also should have special job quota for them, Prof Hassan Sufi added.
Mohona, Presi-dent of Dinar Alo Hijra Sangha (DAHS), here said there are around 530 transgender populations in the city and its outskirts. Most of them have no institutional learning as they couldn’t derive total benefits of their nearby educational institutions due to lack of congenial atmosphere. As a result, they are being adjudged and treated as social hazard and burden.
She says the present government has given recognition to the transgender as third gender but the next course of action is still pending for long. For this reason, the people aren’t getting their need-based services like passport, national identity card and birth certificate as third gender.
Department of Social Service (DSS) here has given monthly grants worth Taka 500 each to 117 above-50 transgender and provide sub-stipend to 140 hijra students last year for improving their living and livelihood condition, said Rubina Yeasmin, Deputy Director of DSS.