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Empathy is Being Taught in Danish Schools

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Cat Cunningham looks into Denmark and their alternative techniques to teaching.

Photo by Joshua Clay

According to the UN’s World Happiness Report, classifying the happiness of 155 countries in the world, Denmark has been ranked in the top three happiest countries for the past seven years.

A considerable contributor to the happiness of the country could be the inclusion of empathy in the national school curriculum since 1993.

In Danish schools, ‘’Klassens tid’ or ‘The class’s hour’, is a fundamental part of the curriculum, with students aged six to sixteen spending an hour a week learning how to practise empathy, build relationships, prevent bullying, and become successful at work.

This hour of learning is considered as important as time dedicated to other subjects such as English or Mathematics, and allows children to talk about their struggles, challenges and issues.

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