This school in Kerala took a step forward for gender neutrality & we hope others take inspiration from this. 

In an initiative to break all gender barriers, a government lower primary school in Valayanchirangara, near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district in Kerala, introduced a gender-neutral uniform. 

The students have to wear shirts and three-fourths of trousers. This also makes it comfortable for girls to move freely without any hesitation. 

The decision was implemented in 2018, C Raji, former Headmistress said,

This is a school with a good vision. Gender equality was the main subject when we were talking about many factors to implement in the school. Therefore, uniforms came to mind. When I was thinking about what to do with it, I could see that girls face a lot of problems when it comes to skirts. The idea of a change was discussed with everyone. 90 percent of parents supported this at that time. The kids were happy too. I feel very happy and proud that this is being discussed now. 

Under the gender-neutral uniform policy, all students can wear shirts and three-fourths of trousers. This uniform made the children very confident, said Suma KP, the present Headmistress in charge.

We hope many more schools take inspiration from this.  

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