We all want our children to be more caring and empathetic. They will make the world around us a better place. Can we teach Empathy at school? Yes, we can. In Denmark, schools have been teaching Empathy to students ages 6-16 one hour a day since 1993, Chances are that is why Denmark has been rated in the Top 3 Happiest Countries in the World for the past seven years according to the “United Nations World Happiness Report.”
Denmark believes that teaching Empathy will help children build relationships, prevent bullying, and succeed at school. What are two simple ways to teach Empathy daily to students?
60% of their school tasks focus on teamwork. No trophies or certificates are ever awarded. Students cooperate to learn and build the talents of each other.
The Danish believe their children’s upbringing is the secret to happiness. Their society focuses on a system that supports everyone. In school, students learn about Empathy as a subject together and practice new ways to communicate with others.
Let’s use these two ideas at Diamond International School and at home. We can work together to learn from each other and become the happiest school in Laos.
Click on the link below to watch the video of Danish students learning Empathy to become happier students and adults.