Bangladesh Open University (BOU) has given 15 members of transgender or hijra community an opportunity to enrol at its SSC programme this year.
As per the decision, the transgender students from Cox's Bazar are going to be admitted to Cox's Bazar Government Girls' High School under the Cox's Bazar sub-centre of the public university.
Marking their admission, a programme was organised at the auditorium of the high school on Friday afternoon with the initiative of Hatkhola Foundation and Joydhwani.
Hatkhola Foundation and Joyodhwani are two non-government organisations working for the overall development of the third gender population.
Cox's Bazar Awami League organising secretary Nazneen Sarwar Kaberi, Open University Cox's Bazar Deputy Regional Director Shyam Ranjan Karmakar, Cox's Bazar Government Girls' High School Headmaster Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Cox's Bazar Customs and VAT Deputy Commissioner Sushant Pal, Joydhwani CEO Helal Morshed Sohag and Hatkhola CEO Jannatul Ferdous were present among others at the event.
Speakers at the event said an extraordinary journey in the field of education in Bangladesh has started from Cox's Bazar and will be a milestone in the formation of an egalitarian, non-discriminatory and happy-prosperous country.
The 15 third gender students including Ankhi, Mohammad Hasan, Zakir Uddin, Rahim Ullah, Maina, Jonaki, Hasan Mahmud Abdullah, Abul Mansur and Ankhimani spoke at the event.
Expressing gratitude to the university authorities for opening the door to higher education, the students said they will be able to put an end to the discrimination against them if an equity based society can be created.