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Bangladesh has opened its first religious school for transgender people, with no age limit for who can attend.
The Dawatul Koran Third Sex Madrassa can accommodate more than 150 students who will be able to study Islamic and vocational subjects free of charge.
A third gender is now officially recognised in Bangladesh, which the government says is home to 10,000 transgender people – or hijras, as they are known in South Asia. Other estimates suggest more than 50,000 people identify as transgender in the country.
The school opened its doors this week near Lohar bridge in the Kamrangirchar area of Dhaka, where it welcomed school officials, local counselors and hijra community leaders.
The school is privately funded from a foundation set up with money left by the late Ahmad Ferdous Bari Chowdhury, a businessman who wanted to educate the hijra community.