“Every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills of empathy, leadership and resilience. It’s essential for success in life within and beyond school”.
In this session we are delighted to be joined by Ed Kirwan, to find out about Empathy Week, the science behind it and how it’s developed in students, and what is happening in schools.
This webinar is free for all SSAT members.
About Ed Kirwan
Ed Kirwan is the CEO, founder and filmmaker at Empathy Week – a global educational programme that helps develop students into empathetic leaders, with the aim of building the #EmpathyGeneration. Having previously worked as a science teacher in North London for 3 years, Ed has since spent his time filming and using visual storytelling to champion social causes – particularly homelessness and in 2018 went to Mexico for the 2018 Homeless World Cup. In 2019, Ed travelled to India where he worked alongside Slum Soccer to develop a leadership modular course for their young participants. These opportunities led him to create Empathy Week which incorporates the use of powerful films, lesson resources and a ‘Global Empathy Action Challenge’ and in 2020 the programme reached schools in 48 countries across 6 continents totalling over 400,000 students. A strong believer in a fair education for all, Empathy Week is free to every government and state funded school around the world – “Every child should have the opportunity to develop the skills of empathy, leadership and resilience. It’s essential for success in life within and beyond school”. Film has the tremendous power to inspire, encapsulate and motivate us to believe that we have the power to change the world. Crucially, it allows us to experience another person’s life who we would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. This is how Empathy Week aims to move students and teachers into action and towards a world where there is less ignorance and stronger relationships across cultures and borders.
Ed holds a BSc Biochemistry degree from University of Bath, MA in Leadership from University College London and Postgraduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status.