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Roots of Empathy in Scotland


Roots of Empathy launched programmes in Scotland in 2010.

Scotland is the first country worldwide to deliver Roots of Empathy in every council area, following £1.2 million Scottish Government funding.

Scotland was also the first European region to introduce Seeds of Empathy.

What can Roots of Empathy teach the world?

  • North Lanarkshire Council’s Psychological Services conducted research on Roots of Empathy, revealing that the program significantly increased empathy and decreased aggression in Scottish students
  • 86% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of Roots of Empathy, pupils are more inclusive or accepting of others who are different from themselves (including culture, race, special needs, gender, etc…) – 2019 Annual Program Evaluation Report, Scotland