11-year-old's Letter To Ministry Bring Change In School Dress Code

An 11-year-old student in Perth, Australia wrote a powerful letter to the state's education minister, that overhauled the 'unfair' dress code that the girls had to follow.

Sofia Myhre was discontent with the uniform allowed to girls - either a skirt or dress. In her letter to Western Australia Education Minister Sue Ellery, she pleaded for more choice in the uniform which enables more physical activity.

The ministry changed the rules and the girls can now wear shorts or pants in all the public schools in the state.

"An 11-year-old girl should be able to wear shorts to school. In 2017, girls should be able to wear clothes that don't restrict their ability to participate in physical activity at school," Ms Ellery told Perth Now.

Sofia wrote the letter after her own school had relaxed the rules. She wrote how she feels better now and wanted girls of other schools to receive the same change in the dress code.

"I think it's really unfair that my brothers have been allowed to wear shorts and all through primary school I haven't been allowed to except when I have sport," the schoolgirl wrote in the letter.

"The dresses are even worse but at least you don't have to wear them!

"I really love kicking the footy, netball and doing handstands at recess and lunch. It is annoying doing these things in a skirt."

"I want you to know that we feel more confident now. I think it should be a new rule for every school, so it's fair for everyone."


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