Develop the skill
Starting 27th February 2023
"The best, most moving and impactful work I have ever experienced in the youth sector"
Colin Falconer, Chair of youth charity - WeBelong
An award-winning global schools programme in 40+ countries, using the power of film to develop the crucial skill of empathy in students aged 5-18.
Together, we are building the #EmpathyGeneration
So far we've engaged 140,000 students across 6 continents.
Empathy can be taught, learned and practiced, and films are scientifically proven to help do just that.
As our world becomes more connected and globalised, navigating it becomes more complex. Empathy is the skill that underpins connection, trust, safety and hence wellbeing.
If we can understand those around us, whether we agree with them or not, we have the ability to build better, more meaningful and fruitful relationships. That's the only way to truly positively change the world as well as our own personal and professional lives.
We carried out pilot research with two primary schools in the UK which included 47 students - here's what we found...
Affective empathy increased (emotional awareness)
the percentage of children wanting to find out about other people’s lives increased from 51% to 67%
shared happiness for friends success increased from 89% to 97%
Increase in self-esteem and self-compassion
Students who said they get annoyed with themselves after a mistake dropped from 79% to 64% and pride in ones self increased from 74% to 82%.
Finding commonality with others
"I don't have anything in common with students from another country" dropped from 34% to 26% after the intervention.
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Together we are building the #EmpathyGeneration
Online events and experiences
We will be hosting a range of events during Empathy Week itself, including live webinars for teachers, assemblies and workshops for students and talks for parents - all on developing the skill of empathy across different topics.
Whole school programme
Use our 5-week programme of films and supporting learning resources to develop the skill of empathy in the classroom. This year all 5 films are united by the theme of 'Opportunity and Education' and - as always - tell the incredible stories of 5 amazing humans. Age-differentiated and fully planned resources - it's a game-changer!
Empathy Action Projects
Students can participate in a film-based project that allows students to put empathy into action and shout about something they are passionate about.
Global Empathy Awards
An online celebration with judges from the education sector shortlisting and inviting the best Empathy Action Projects and schools to our annual online awards.
Whilst we're qualified teachers ourselves, we know how important it is to hear from current teachers who've used our programme across the course of multiple years.
Reid Street Primary (featured in the video) have even had Ofsted site the use of empathy in their school inspection in 2022:
Opportunity & Education
Our 2023 Theme
Meet the 5 incredible humans whose stories will be told during the Empathy Week 2023 programme.
A trainee teacher passionate about changing the lives of her students
Themes include - Becoming a teacher, overcoming negative thoughts, passion, resilience, acts of service.
A sherpa who's summitted Everest 14 times
Themes include - Bravery, adventure, life of a sherpa, risking your life, family and education.
Educator, social-emotional learning expert and advocate for gender equality
Themes include - Standing up for what's right, education, emotional intelligence, education, gender equality.
A young educator and advocate for change
Themes include - Education, believing in yourself, acts of service, resilience and life in Nepal.
A blind massage therapist who runs his own business
Themes include - Positivity, perspective, disability, equal rights, resilience, helping others.