Roots of Empathy

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At Our Lady’s & St Mochua’s we have been running our ROE Programme since 2011.  Each year we are presented with a different baby (and mum) who in his/her own way helps to develop Empathy in our children.

The roots of empathy mission is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empath in children and adults.  The children of today are the parents and citizens of tomorrow.

Roots of Empathy develops an understanding of diversity, respect, anti bullying and a focus on inclusion for everyone.  If we are able to foster these qualities in our children, we are certainly producing successful leaders for the future.

In our first year of the programme 2011-2012 it was amazing to watch the changes in the children.  They became kinder, more understanding and more aware of their own feelings and temperaments.  They really looked forward to the visits of their teacher (baby).  Since 2011 the children’s desire, enthusiasm and energy for participation in the programme has spiralled and is viewed as a key experience of their lives at primary school.

Mary Nugent (ROE Co-ordinator)

Our first Roots of Empathy Baby was Lucia Murray 2011-12.

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Then and Now

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Lucia was our first Roots of Empathy Baby when our programme began in 2011-12.  She visited the children once every month with her mum, Noella.  During this time the children watched Lucia grow and discussed in detail her movements, sounds, interactions, and temperament.  This allowed the children to reflect on their own development and at the same time develop the skill of empathy.  Lucia is now in Primary 5 and is a much loved member of our school community.

Below is a copy of a recount written by Shay Beattie who was in Lucia’s Class.  Lucia was the nine week old teacher and Shay was nine years old and in Primary 5.