The Papagoya Story
There is much intrigue around why two Indian women started a Norwegian Kindergarten in India. And so here is our story.
We have had the privilege to live, study and work in Norway and be exposed to a very progressive Scandinavian way of life where women represent 40% of all Board seats, men take pride in going on Paternity Leave and toddlers grow to be confident, independent and gentle little people. And the common thread that allows for all of this to happen seamlessly, is the Norwegian Kindergarten. And so we thought, why can’t this be so, even in India?
Papagoya is our endeavour to create a safe and welcoming environment for children where they are met with the recognition and respect for who they truly are. It is our space where we can appreciate the intrinsic value of childhood. This is our effort at supporting working parents and particularly mothers, to pursue their ambitions and passions. Where we hope to encourage true gender equality and see more involved fathers. Papagoya is our long-term dream to influence early childhood practices in India. This is our way of making an impact, by creating an ecosystem that supports the new Indian parent and child.
So why are we called Papagoya? The name Papagoya is inspired by papegøye, the Norwegian word for Parrot. A parrot's character traits are amazingly similar to those of a toddler - they come in all shapes and sizes, love to imitate, are musical and colourful, they need environmental enrichment where play forms a large part of their learning, and they even walk with a rolling gait! Much like toddlers, we thought. To our children, Papagoya means play. They eagerly arrive at Papagoya (we are not called “School”) every morning to enjoy the day’s play.