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Roots of Empathy Programme


Roots of Empathy is an international, universal, evidence-based, classroom programme that has shown dramatic effect in reducing aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Barnardos was chosen as the lead agency to deliver the programme in Ireland in 2011.

The programme has been delivered in a hundred and thirty primary schools around Ireland with a small number of schools in Cork and Waterford already participating. As a result of support from the Tomar Trust, Barnardos is now in a position to roll out the programme in West Cork & Waterford schools. They are currently developing a three year plan to involve schools in Cork and Waterford in the Roots of Empathy programme. Their aim is to have thirty classes running the R.O.E programme for September 2018/19 and then to build on that with another thirty each of the following two years.

A Roots of Empathy Co-ordinator has been appointed to this region and she is available to assist schools with this programme.

Training of instructors from participating schools will take place in September. Training consists of 3 days in September and 1 day in the Spring. Barnardos will cover the cost of training and materials but substitution cover will not be provided.

Please find below further information including an article from the In Touch Magazine and an information sheet.

Further information can also be found at

Four Places are available to West Cork Schools for the school year 2018/2019.

If you wish to express an interest in this programme, please call West Cork Education Centre on 023-8856756 on or before Friday June 22nd 2018. We will then ask the Roots of Empathy Co-ordinator to contact your school to offer you further information and to decide if this programme is suitable for your school at this time. Please note that it may not be possible to facilitate all interested schools this year.

West Cork Education Centre is delighted to work with Barnardos in bringing this programme to West Cork. We look forward to hearing from you.

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