Finalist category: Education Award
Education Award, Finalist, 2021
Empathy Week is a global schools programme that uses the power of film to develop the skills of empathy, leadership and resilience in young people. We’re educators who’ve previously taught in the classroom that now produce films of 5 human stories each year that are supported by differentiated lesson resources and an empathy action project. We provide everything a school needs to take part and it’s allowed us in just two years to engage 100,000 students from schools in 40+ countries across 6 continents. We are on a mission together to build the #EmpathyGeneration.
Crucially developing empathy is about dedicating time to the skill. A student that takes part in Empathy Week every year of their school life will, by the time they leave at 18, have engaged with the lives of 65 people from across the world. People with different beliefs and experiences, cultures and backgrounds, hobbies and passions. People that talk about society’s biggest social issues and dilemmas from their point of view. Through this experience, students will develop empathy, leadership and crucially, be able to understand someone else, even if they disagree with them.
Every child in the world should have the opportunity to develop empathy – yet many currently do not.
Empathy Week responds to this need, being the only programme ensuring empathy can be developed through a whole-school approach. Providing many opportunities for students and teachers to develop and flex their empathic muscles and understanding of the world and others around them.
We ensure our whole programme can be accessed by anyone and therefore make it free to every state and government school worldwide. This reduces barriers to entry and gives every school the opportunity to be part of building the ‘Empathy Generation’- a generation understanding that in order to change the world, we first need to understand the people in it.
Come and build the #EmpathyGeneration with us – empathy-week.com