Minister of Education to support Braids and Natural Hairstyles for school.
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I am petitioning on behalf of parents and children Nationwide for The Minister for Education, Justine Greening, to write to all schools instructing them to include Braided hairstyles and Natural hairstyles as acceptable in their Uniform Policies.
This time last year, I petitioned for my daughter who was told that she could not wear braids to school, as they were deemed 'extreme, unacceptable and against school policy'. That petition amassed over 32,000 signatures and I received thousands of messages of support worldwide. I also received personal messages from other parents and children who had also been affected by similar rulings in school. I feel this is from lack of understanding and awareness of cultures and more recently, religion.
I also think when children are approached about this, the process is all wrong with children being singled out publicly and the reason behind the challenge not clearly thought out. This affects the way in which children view themselves and their identity, when they should be focusing on school and enjoying the whole academic experience. Bottom line - 'getting and education is most important,not appearance'.
With the backing of over 32,000 signatures in favour of reforming the uniform policy at my daughters school, Governors agreed to remove all the previously stated examples of what might be seen to constitute an “extreme hairstyle” from the school’s uniform policy, allowing children at her school to wear braided and natural hairstyles without challenge. The previous policy was 40 years old.
By signing this petition, I hope the Minister for Education, Justine Greening will write to all schools nationwide, instructing them to revise their uniform policies to include Braided and Natural hairstyles, allowing the pupils that wear their hair this way and attend school feeling accepted and included.
Thanking you in advance for your support to make a change,
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