Empathy is something that many people lack today, but obviously not in Denmark. In Denmark, children are required to learn all about empathy as they grow up. And this should be the rule that will spread to more and more countries.
For those who do not know, empathy is a person’s ability to understand the feelings of the other and to share their own feelings with him.
Considering the UN report on happiness in the world that Denmark is one of the happiest countries, we might conclude that we probably need to learn something from their habits. Since 1993, it has been compulsory to study empathy in Danish schools, so this can be a major factor in the happiness rate of residents.
Every week kids in Denmark are part of something called “social learning”. This kind of teaching takes place once a week for 1 hour. This is called a “class lesson”. And during this time children from 6 to 16 years are taught the importance of empathy. According to The Danish Way site, this is a compulsory part of the Danish education program.
During this lesson, students discuss their own problems with other classmates, including the teacher. In this way, they have a chance to work together in order to come up with common solutions to the problems each of them is going through. The children listen to each other and try to understand each other better.
This kind of school activity allows children for a moment not to compete with each other but with themselves. It should also be noted that in Danish schools children do not receive trophies or praise for success. It is believed that when one is good at one sport or another. He does it because he really wants it, not to get something out of the competition.
According to the Good Start site, today it is more important than ever for children to learn about empathy. It gives children a sense of security, learns tolerance and acceptance. And reduces the number of school bullying among their classmates. With the help of empathy and its proper development in children, they will experience many benefits that they will use in relation to themselves and the people around them.
“It is important that everyone is heard. The task for us, teachers, is to make sure that children understand what the other person is feeling. And to try to understand why he or she feels that way. This way, we can come up with a common solution based on true listening and real understanding. ”Says Jasper Wang, a high school teacher in Denmark.