For the first time, transgender people in Bangladesh will have access to free education, exclusively dedicated to members of the transgender community. The privately-funded seminary, madrassa, in Dhaka is going to accept up to 150 students at any given time.
The transgender community in Bangladesh, officially recognised as a third gender and able to vote and stand for election, is still subject to neglect, bullying and has limited access to education and employment. For that reason, most transgender people in Bangladesh are said to be illiterate and with limited options of making a living. A dedicated school with no age limit is to give the community access to professional skills and prepare students a number of different vocations.