What would you think if your preschool started to address all the children as "Friends" instead of words like "him" or "her". The centre has been extremely well designed to ensure that all toys and colors are carefully selected to to make sure the children don't think along the lines of gender stereotypes.
A spokesperson from the Egalia kindergarden says, "Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," says Jenny Johnsson, who is a 31-year-old teacher. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be."
The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged one to six is among the most radical examples of Sweden's efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward. Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.