Afro hair: Charity World Afro Day says rules in some schools negatively affect kids with natural hair

One in six children with Afro-textured hair are having a bad or very bad experience at school, according to a report from the charity World Afro Day. BBC Newsround reports.

They say that they are worried that some school hair policies can negatively affect children with Afro-textured hair.

The way you style Afro-textured hair sometimes depends on the texture of the hair itself – it can’t always be styled in the same ways that straight hair often is.

Also – some of the ways Afro-textured hair is styled may be against the rules in some schools.

Melanie Field from the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “Any policy which impacts disproportionately on pupils with particular protected characteristics is likely to be unlawful, unless it can be shown to be necessary and for a good reason.”

Shirvinna Best, who runs the Curly Treats Festival said: “The Authorities know it’s unacceptable to ask a person to remove their kippah, turban or hijab to fit in at work or school. Afro hair is natural, so it’s also unacceptable to ask a group of people to alter their natural hair texture to fit into society…The law must be changed to protect the unprotected, rather than allowing discriminatory attitudes to continue.”

Read more and watch a video of kids talking about their hair  Afro hair: Charity World Afro Day says rules in some schools negatively affect kids with natural hair 

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