Through the City of Edinburgh’s Council Young Edinburgh Action (YEA) group, CRFR researcher Christina McMellon works to facilitate young people’s participation in partnership working and decision-making in order to improve services for young people and make the changes they would like to see. At a day’s event attended by young people across Edinburgh, it was clear they felt strongly that gender stereotypes need to be challenged, especially when children are very young.  Working alongside illustrator Nick Dodd, and after receiving sponsorship from WhiteWater Publishing Ltd, the group of 13-18 year-olds decided to write a book to challenge these stereotypes in a fun and engaging way.

The end result is ‘Alex & Charlie’, a story about Alex’s first day at school, making friends, sharing and adventures with a gentle theme of challenging gender stereotypes weaved all the way through.

The book will be available together with a teachers’ pack to support children’s learning.

If you would like to know more about this project please email Christina McMellon

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