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Increasing children’s social and emotional competence

Empathy, or being able to put yourself in someone else’s position, is a key part of a strong and healthy society. That is why ETHENEA is proud to support the Roots of Empathy program.

Roots of Empathy is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning, not-for-profit organization, which operates globally. Its mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. Since its creation in 1996 by Founder President Mary Gordon Roots of Empathy has reached nearly one million children with its empathy-based programs.

The Roots of Empathy program, which takes its name from the organization, is an evidence- based classroom program shown in over 18 years of independent research to reduce aggression and to increase children’s social and emotional competence. The programs are based on experiential learning and rooted in relationship. Through a series of classroom visits over the course of the school year by a neighborhood parent and infant, students are guided by a trained Roots of Empathy Instructor using a specialized curriculum to read the baby’s emotional cues and take the baby’s perspective. Students reflect on the loving relationship between baby and parent – the first and most powerful model of empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand how others feel and to feel with them. It’s at the core of our humanity. Empathy encourages inclusion, social cohesion and respect and is best developed through experiential learning.