Social Empathy Education

The CFRC’s work on Social Empathy Education aims to develop and mainstream Social Empathy Education programmes in schools and in teacher education. The first phase of the project will see the development of the Activating Social Empathy programme for use in Transition Year and as part of the new Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme. This programme is based on a view of empathy as a capacity that is only fully realised once it is activated in the social domain and is designed as an intervention that aims to increase empathy levels, enhance social competence and promote civic engagement in young people. The programme is being piloted in six schools across the country from September 2017 to June 2018 as part of the initial design and development phase.

The Youth as Researchers programme is integrated into the programme. Youth-led project work is seen an important part of any educational intervention promoting activated social empathy.  The Youth as Researchers videos are also used as educational resources to facilitate learning on social empathy.