The teachers at Stockholm’s Nicolai garden Scandinavian preschool don’t read Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. Instead, the library contains children’s books with different heroes and family models, including those with adoptive or single parents.
Titles include One More Giraffe about two giraffes looking after an abandon. Crocodile eggs, and Kivi and Monsterdog, where Kivi is unspecified as a child of unspecified sex. It is the intention to show a more realistic and diverse view of the world. That kids live in, and to avoid gender stereotypes.
These books are a stark contrast with classics of children’s literature like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This book has been under fire for its portrayal of women and men. The heroine is foolish (her stepmother tricks her twice) and lacks personality. The dwarfs tell her what to do, while the evil stepmother obsesses over beauty.
Prince Charming is attract to her physical beauty, and he rushes in to save his future wife. She is believe to be dead at the time he first meets her.
Teachers at Nicolaigarden don’t simply avoid stories like Snow White. This pre-school is just one of five that are changing their entire approach. To teaching in order to promote equality between the sexes. The most well-known member of the group, Egalia has been the subject of numerous documentaries in recent years.
Gender-neutral education is the latest trend to eliminate gender bias in education. The efforts of Scandinavian countries can be use as a model for gender equality in education.
The Scandinavian Model
Sweden is consistently rank as one of the most gender-egalitarian nations in the world, along with its Scandinavian neighbours. According to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum. Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland have had the greatest success closing the gender gap. This is the gap, which prevents equal participation of men and women in education and health.
While some may question their inclusiveness, the success of Scandinavian countries in achieving. Gender equality can be attribute to the effectiveness of their policies.
Sweden’s 1998 Education Act amendments required schools to adopt gender-aware education guidelines. These guidelines suggested that schools had the responsibility of providing. Equal opportunities for all children regardless of gender and working against sex-based discrimination.
To help implement the guidelines, Nicolai garden teachers filmed interactions. With six-year-old students and discovered that boys and girls behaved differently.
Playground At Scandinavian Recess
They let the boys go into the playground at recess and asked the girls to wait for them to zip their coats. They spent less time comforting the girls who had suffered injuries and more time encouraging boys to “go back, play!” Teachers who believed they were proponents for gender equality saw the results as a wakeup call.
Lotta Rajalin was the director of Nicolaigarden School. She developed a gender-neutral pedagogy to ensure that no child is restricted by gender expectations.
Children have equal access to the same play area, which includes a wide range of toys, games and costumes. In similar numbers, library books feature strong female and male protagonists. Nicolaigarden has the highest number of preschools in the nation with up to 30% male caregivers, thanks to its hiring practices that encourage male applicants.
Schools should also strive to use gender neutral language to avoid gendering when possible. The genderless alternative to “hon (she), and “han (he) is the pronoun “hen”, which can be used to refer to children in a variety of ways, including calling them their first names or using the term friends. These inclusive guidelines have been adopted by other preschools in Stockholm.
The Scandinavian model for gender equality in schools does not only apply to gender-neutrality initiatives like those at Nicolaigarden and Egalia, but also to young children.
Schools and associations can receive training through the Macho Factory program (Machofabriken). It is designed to challenge gender norms and break the link between violence and masculinity.
This program is based upon 17 short films that provide educators and participants with a platform for discussing the negative aspects of hegemonic masculinity.