Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence based classroom programme that aims to reduce levels of aggression among school children by developing empathy in children and adults.

Since 2013 St. Comgall’s have taken part in this program and have a qualified instructor who delivers the lessons .

Children in the chosen class learn about feelings, caring for each other, crying, emotions, sleep, safety and communication. 

One of the most exciting aspects of the program is the involovement of a mum and baby from the St. Comgall’s community.  They visit the classroom every three weeks and the children learn by watching the baby develop. 

This observation teaches the children to be more empathetic towards each other by discussing temperament and how we are all different in many ways.  Each time the baby visits the classroom is filled with excitement and every child loves to join in with the songs and activities involving mum and baby.

As a result of the program teachers feel that the children become more empathetic towards each other and learn essential lifelong skills required for the future.  Roots of Empathy lessons value respect, inclusion, diversity, the power of parenting, anti-bullying among many other issues.

“The children light the footpath to the future.” Mary Gordon, Founder/President, Roots of Empathy

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