To ‘promote equality,’ a primary school has encouraged boys and girls as young as three to come to school wearing skirts.
The initiative follows a Spanish campaign in which teachers and students have worn skirts to class in solidarity of student Mikel Gomez, 15, who was dismissed last year for wearing a skirt.
In Spain, Nov. 4 has been designated as “wear a skirt to school day.”
Castleview Primary in Edinburgh stated in an email to parents that it wanted students to feel ‘comfortable’ while participating, adding that trousers and leggings may be worn under the skirts if necessary.
It even offered to give skirts for some children if they didn’t have any at home. Teachers are also allowed to wear skirts as well.
Some parents have objected to the request from Castleview.
According to Daily Mail, Megan, a mother with a son in the school, tweeted: “My son is five and just got this from the school! Let kids be kids.”
Another Twitter user called Nicola replied: “If a boy wants to wear a skirt to school, he should be allowed, but why put pressure on people to ask their son to wear a skirt or be seen as some sort of bigot?”
As Evening Standard reported, many parents, on the other hand, have applauded the school for encouraging children’s hobbies and ideas and promoting child-driven learning.
Mother Nicola Taylor, 36, said: “The idea actually came from the children, not the teachers. It’s an amazing school and the children love what they’re doing.
“It was a choice, you didn’t have to take part. Some were dressed amazingly with checkered skirts, long skirts, and knee-length skirts.
“The teachers were involved as well and it was absolutely amazing to see the staff and students come together like that to support a cause they care about.”
Ethan Provan, Nicola’s 11-year-old son, wore a stretchy black skirt over his school uniform to support the movement.
“It was really fun and it felt good to be supporting others,” he said.
Teachers wrote to parents: “We’re keen to spread the message that clothes don’t have a gender and that we should all be free to express ourselves as we choose.”
In a post on Twitter, Castleview Primary stated it is “so proud” of its students.
The City of Edinburgh Council commended the initiative and stated that it is “fully committed to promoting equality and diversity,” particularly in schools.
“We want to ensure all our schools are inclusive and Castleview are carrying out a lot of positive work to promote equality across all their year groups,” a spokesperson said.
“The school has had positive feedback from parents however pupils don’t have to take part if they don’t want to.”