Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Competition : Activating Empathy - Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters

Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters is a global competition seeking solutions that help young people learn and practice empathy in schools so they are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Enter your solution, or nominate an individual, organization, or partnership with a solution before March 30, 2012.

More than $110,000 in cash and in-kind prizes are available through entering the competition.

Winners' Prizes:
  • Two Judge’s Award: Cash prize of US $5,000 each selected by a panel of expert judges
  • One People’s Choice Award: Cash prize of US $5,000 selected by voting on changemakers.com
Why Empathy?

Empathy is more than just awareness and concern. It is about cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. It’s about the ability to communicate effectively and understand the motivations of others. Empathy is about standing up, not standing by, uncovering what’s below the surface through active listening and putting words into action.

This is why Ashoka is launching a global initiative to ensure that children master empathy, enabling them to be effective citizens, leaders and trailblazers.

Creating the future we envision demands we rethink our approach to school culture and curricula. By launching an online collaborative competition, Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters,we’re challenging teachers, principals, parents, students, and other innovators to share ideas—whether by a project, a program, or a new learning experience—for advancing empathy in education.

Click here for more details.

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