Roots of Empathy launched in New Brunswick in 2002-2003 and have reached over 28,500 children.
Curriculum & Impact
In New Brunswick we provide programs in French and English. And we reach Indigenous children in several communities, including the Elsipogtog, Esgenoôpetitj, Eel Ground and Metepenagiag First Nations and Rexton Elementary, Meduxnekeag Consolidated and Andover Elementary schools which have children attending from Indian Island, Buctouche, Elsipogtog, Woodstock and Tobique.
Every year we ask teachers, students and our Roots of Empathy Instructors for their feedback on the program. Here is a sample of what we’ve heard from teachers who hosted the program in their classrooms.
- 91% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of Roots of Empathy, students are more inclusive or accepting of others who are different from themselves (including culture, race, special needs, gender, etc.).
- 87% of students reported learning that being a parent and caring for a baby is a lot of hard work
We’re grateful for the support of regional agencies which provide in-kind support by training volunteer Instructors and/or funding for training and materials to support Roots of Empathy.
What New Brunswick teachers and students say
“Roots of Empathy can teach the world to care for each other, recognize other peoples’ feelings and to not be afraid to tell people about your feelings.”Grade 6 StudentAllardville
“Roots of Empathy can teach the world about being considerate to each other.”Grade 2 Student
“What can Roots of Empathy teach the world? 'That there is kindness somewhere in everybody.'”Grade 4/5 StudentGarden Creek School, Fredericton
“...Ceprogramme t’aide a comprendre que tu dois respecter tout culture et ne pas intimider. Ça t’aide a mieux ressentir tes propre sentiment (...This program helps you understand that you should respect all culture and don’t bully. It helps you to better feel your own emotions.)”Grade 5 StudentÉcole Arc-En-Ciel, Oromocto
“It is a wonderful program that shows students how to be self-directed learners.It teaches students there are many ways to communicate our wants, needs and desires.”Grade 3 TeacherWest Riverview Elementary School, Riverview
“Juste du positif!!! Très bon programme... les élèves découvrent l'empathie, accepte plus les autres, les différences, sont capables de parler de leur émotions, etc.”Grade 2 professeureCentre Scolaire Communautaire La Fontaine, Neguac
“Roots of Empathy is a wonderful program that teaches children to think outside of themselves.So often today kids have a sense of entitlement. These layers are stripped off when our baby is here. They absolutely delight in her and want her to be content. They listen so well and observe so much as a result of this program.”Grade 3 TeacherSeaside Park Elementary School, Saint John