Unisex Uniforms, Health Insurance, Social Audit: Why This Government School In Kerala Is Different

This initiative is unique for a govt school in which gender-neutral short and shirt have been introduced


New Delhi: “Probably, this is the first step to make a whole generation understand how we achieve gender equality in the society,” says Raji C, headmistress of Valayanchirangara Government Lower Primary School, Ernakulam, Kerala. The school, which has more than 650 students — boys and girls — will now see children coming to the classes in unisex uniforms, a progressive step taken by the school and its Academic Committee to address the gender issues from the early age.

As reported by The Hindu this initiative is unique for a government school in which gender-neutral shorts and shirts have been introduced for all classes.

“Children face difficulties while wearing skirts especially while climbing steps and during rains. The new dress code will give them a certain level of confidence when they move around,” the headmistress told NDTV.

Calling the move as ‘revolutionary’, Dr Benoy Peter, Chairperson, Academic of Committee of the school said, it will help the children break free the gender norms.

“Gendering begins with socialization. Two types of dress codes obviously create gender segregation. We introduced the unisex uniform format in the pre-primary classes first. The response — both from the parents and children– gave us a confidence to extend it to all classes,” he added.