In a move to promote inclusivity, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has stepped up its game to train its teachers on understanding transgender identities. The programme includes subjects like understanding transgender terminology and also how teachers can create an inclusive environment. The curriculum also aims to shatter stereotypes and misconceptions around this sensitive subject, and elaborates on what it means to be a transgender person in school.
This exercise has received an overwhelming response, and 1,000 teachers were trained in the first two days through webinar. These teachers have stated that this programme helped them understand the needs of transgender children.
According to the NDMC, the Education Department has started training all its 7,500 teachers and principals on promoting inclusion of children with transgender identities in classrooms. “Training is being done in multiple one-hour sessions in groups of 250 participants each," the NDMC has said in a statement.
These sessions are being conducted by Space NGO, which has been working on the participative inclusion of transgender persons in society for several years. Case studies are being used as part of the exercise, and teachers are encouraged to ask questions.
"The aim of the training is to ensure that every child, regardless of gender identity, is able to make full use of the educational opportunities, and to equip the teachers to ensure full participation of all children in the classroom," the statement added.
About seven months after the Parliament passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, the Centre has issued guidelines to operationalise the legislation. Every government or private institution is mandated to form an Equal Opportunity Policy to ensure zero discrimination against transgenders in employment, promotion, and provision of basic amenities at the workplace. This policy must be showcased on the website of the establishment and widely disseminated to educate employees.
The Centre and state governments would also alter the educational curriculum accordingly to include gender diversity, as well as sensitise healthcare professionals and bring changes, especially in the medical education curriculum.
The guidelines also state that every education institution must have a committee in order to address the grievances of transgender people. This committee must also make sure that transgender students and teachers are provided with a safe environment.
(Edited by Athira Nair)