Roots of Empathy

Mary Gordon.
Canada’s Top Social Innovator, Manning Innovation Award (2011). Ashoka Globalizer (2011). Ashoka Fellowship (2002).

An evidence-based emotional literacy programme that brings babies into the classroom to improve empathy and reduce violence among children from ages 5 to 12. The curriculum is delivered during regular school hours and adapted to four age groups, reaching students in different stages of their development. 

Impact indicators


  • Programmes have reached over 800,000 children worldwide. 



  • Independent studies have found that children served by the programme show a decrease in levels of aggression as well as an increase in pro-social behaviour, social and emotional understanding and empathy and knowledge of parenting.
Implementation progress

In 2017, the initiative was presented in Lisbon within the framework of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project to study its local implementation.

Última actualización 2020