School uniforms from around the world not only vary in designs and colors but give a distinct identity to the students of the country. There are even a few countries that require the students to wear the country’s national dress to school. Do you have an idea about what boys and girls in Russia are wearing to school? What are parents instructed by schools and how do the kids follow the uniform rules in complete guidance of their mentors? Read this interesting topic of school uniforms from around the world and get to know a bit about the cultures around the world.
In Colombia, all the students are compulsorily required to wear uniforms in both public and private schools. They consist of two sets, one is for everyday use and a sports one which is for physical education. Everyday use uniforms for girls generally include a knee-length skirt, a white T-shirt and a vest over it along with white mid-calf socks. For boys, the uniform generally is a dark long trousers and a short or long-sleeved shirt. The shoes for both girls and boys are black lace-up shoes (sometimes it may vary for dark blue or red wine shoes depending on the uniform colours) and the shirts usually have the school's symbol at the left side. The sports uniform is a sweatpant, a collared T-shirt along with white sports shoes. The designs and the colours of the uniforms depend on the school's colours and the principal's preference.
There is no such legal requirement for school uniforms in the country of Brazil. On a state-by-state or city-by-city basis, governments may issue uniforms to public school pupils but may not require their use. Private schools are given the freedom for setting their own uniform policy.
Schools in the northeastern city of Vitoria da Conquista have taken their uniform policy another step further. Pupils in these public schools wear chip-embedded T-shirts. These intelligent uniforms are strategically embedded with locator chips that allow computers to automatically know if pupils have arrived in school or not. If pupils do not turn up for classes, an automated message is sent to the parents, informing them accordingly. The benefit of the automated system is to curb absenteeism behavior and class skipping attitudes of children.
Students in public and almost all private schools from primary to secondary are required to wear school uniforms. The general rule is that the sports uniform consisting of shorts and/or pants should be worn only on days when students will go to physical education class. The formal uniform consisting of a skirt, blouse, and a sweater for girls, and pants, a shirt, and a sweater for boys is worn for the rest of the school days.
Parents are required to purchase school uniforms each year. Some schools are more strict than others, but in general, uniforms are considered an integral part of the school. If a student arrives without the uniform or with non-matching uniform pieces, schools can either turn the student away, call the parent to bring the right clothes, or enforce some other form of consequence.
Till high school, Egyptian students are expected to come to school in a clean school uniform, which is mostly purchased from the Uniform outlet of the particular school. All the items of the uniform have the school logo to represent the name. Boys and girls both wear polo shirts of which the color is assigned depending on the school and the grade of the student. For bottoms, boys either have to wear shorts or pants while girls wear skirts or kilts or a jumper. Shoes and socks are compulsory. In winters, they also have sweaters and cardigans or a simple pullover. Muslim girls also wear a white hijab. Failure of wearing the correct uniform to school may result in the student being given a referral or detention.
On days of Physical Education, boys and girls wear their polo shirts and PE shorts or athletic pants along with sneakers. Other rules regarding jewelry and makeup also revolve around.
Until 2013, school uniforms weren’t mandatory in Russian schools. Previously, while it was the Soviet Union, students wore casual outfits like jeans and shirts with a sweater. In September 2013, a new education law was passed that declared the necessity of a school uniform tackling some controversies.
Each school can choose its own uniform. However, the ideal uniform is a full dress, mostly up to the knees for both boys and girls. Both boys and girls usually have a white long-sleeved shirt. For bottoms, boys have pants. Girls usually have an apron or a jumper over the shirt.
Some schools do not enforce any school uniform but expect students to wear casual business-style outfits.
All of us know the famous Japanese school culture. If you by any chance search on Google about Japanese school uniforms, you’ll see those miniskirts on girls that lookout to be too revealing for a school uniform. Although that’s not true. Read what a Japanese local has to say about their school uniforms.
Japanese uniforms are called ‘Seifuku’. Boys usually have a white shirt that they tuck in their blue pants over which they generally wear a suit/blazer. Girls have a white crop top that comes a little under their waist. With that, they have blue skirts which are expected to be long enough to touch their knees. Some girls in the high school roll up their skirts from their waist that reveals a bit, but that doesn’t look like an issue to other people. Both boys and girls have capes around their shoulders and ties around their necks.
The uniforms that we see in Japanese Animes and Mangas are quite similar to the actual uniforms, except that the actual ones are a lot less revealing.
School uniforms were not mandatory for students in Belgium for quite a long time in the ancient past. Now that they have uniforms, they believe that the uniform gives children an identity and belonging to the school.
Boys and girls both have a white polo shirt over which a bottle green sweatshirt or cardigan is worn with the school crest. For bottoms, boys have grey shorts in summer while grey trousers in winter. Similarly, girls have grey skirts in summer while grey pinafores in winters. Socks and navy shoes are compulsory.
The sports outfits contain grey tracksuit trousers with a white shirt and plimsolls/trainers.
All the items of the uniform contain the name of the student.
We think uniforms might be the least important part of a student’s life, but they aren’t. As kids, we used to compare school uniforms of the schools around us. Now that we’re adults, we should make a comparison of uniforms around the world, lol. Well, what is the uniform of your school? Check out thousands of others here.