Roots of Empathy
Roots of Emapthy programme 2012-13
Roots of Empathy was founded in Canada in 1996 by Mary Gordon. Mary grew up in Newfoundland, but later moved to Toronto, Ontario. In her early career, she was a kindergarten teacher. In 1981, she founded Canada’s first school-based Parenting and Family Literacy centres, which have become public policy in Ontario and are being used as a model for similar programs internationally.
In one of her many citations for her work with children it was said of her, “Mary Gordon introduces us to the wisdom of babies and shows us how they can teach us – and our children – what it is to be human”. Mary herself said, “Over a lifetime, I have learned that the human capacities for empathy and respect must be fostered from earliest childhood to reduce violence in the world and build a truly civil society.”
She made contact with Mairead Loughlin and her new born girl Finola who agreed to be the centre of attention during the delivery of the series of classes that took place throughout the school year. The course was deliverd by Miss Mc Nally with the help of Mairead and Finola through a series of lessons for 5th and 6th class pupils in 2012-13. It was of great benefit to the children who were fascinated by the appearance of Finola each time and took great interest in the content of the programme.
Great thanks is due to Mairead and Finola and to Miss Mc Nally’s initative.