Bangladesh’s first Muslim school for girls opened in Dhaka on Wednesday, a move that has stirred a backlash from rights groups.
The school opened in the small town of Minsan on Monday, where it is the only school of its kind in the country.
It has a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a gym where girls can practice their swimming skills.
The programme is run by the Islamic Society of Bangladesh, which is part of the ruling Awami League party.
It is a step towards creating a more inclusive environment for girls in Bangladesh.
But some rights groups have criticized the school for allowing Muslim girls to swim and are calling for a boycott.
“It’s the first time that a school has opened for girls under the Awami league,” said Farzana, a member of Bangladesh’s Islamic Movement Party.
“There is no space for women in this school.
I think this is very sexist and wrong.”
Bangladesh’s government is seeking to create a more secular state, but the Awamis have pushed for more religious integration in schools.