Since 1975, the Nordic country has fired the trail in gender equality and now, from infancy to maternity, women and girls experience a progressive life. But how did they achieve it?
Rebekka is so tiny that, even on her tiptoes, limbs aloft, she cannot contact. So her teacher elevates her up to the unvarnished wooden ape rail. One, two, three, her classmates weigh. She hangs on, determinedly. When she reaches 10, she rushes to the dirt. I am strong, she screams proudly.
Its an everyday morning for this single-sex class of three-year-olds at Laufsborg nursery school in Reykjavik. No dolls or cup-cake decorating on the lesson scheme here. Instead, as Margrt Pla lafsdttir, the schools founder, tells me: We are instructing[ our daughters] to use their expres. We are studying them in physical forte. We are developing them in courage.
Its a fascinating approaching to education. And a popular one. In a number of countries of simply 330,000 beings, “theres” 19 such primary and nursery schools, empowering daughters from an early age.
For the past six years old, Iceland has topped the World Economic Forums gender breach index and looks likely to do so again this week. The Economist lately referred Iceland the worlds good neighbourhood for working women in comparison, the UK came in at No. 24. lafsdttirs philosophy seems to sit well with the nations progressive attainments, but her system of academies has been going for less than 20 times. So, if preschoolers trained in feminism arent the same reasons for this gender success story, what is?
History may provide us with clues. For centuries, this seafaring people women remained at home as their husbands spanned the oceans. Without guys at home, females played the roles of farmer, hunter, architect, make. They managed household business and were crucial to the countrys ability to prosper.