R is for Roots Of Empathy: Changing The World, Child By Child

Mary Gordon created Roots of Empathy. The organisation’s mission is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.

The programme involves bringing a local baby into the classroom. The children then learn how to understand and care for the needs of another human being.

You can discover more on the organisation’s web site, plus find details of their book.



The Roots of Empathy programme has spread to many countries. It has produced remarkable results in enabling children to become more caring, peaceful and able to solve problems. This has also reduced aggression, bullying and other social problems.

Here is a longer video where Mary explains the approach.

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