Empathy is used in 8 frameworks


Kindness and caring for others and their well-being that leads to valuing and investing in close relationships.

UNICEF MENA Life Skills and Citizenship Education - Conceptual and Programmatic Framework

Empathy, or being empathetic, is “the ability to comprehend another’s feelings and to re-experience them oneself” (Salovey and Mayer, 1990), while never being judgemental. A key construct in social and developmental psychology as well as in cognitive and social neuroscience, the ability to empathize is important for promoting positive behaviours toward others, and facilitating social interactions and relationships. Empathy is involved in the internalization of rules that can play a part in protecting others, and, it may be the mechanism that motivates the desire to help others, even at a cost to oneself. In addition, empathy plays an important role in becoming a socially competent person with meaningful social relationships (McDonald and Messinger, 2012). Consequently, empathy motivates altruistic behaviour and has the potential to enhance the process by which rights are realized, which is as important as an outcome (Jönsson and Hall, 2003).

Room to Read Life Skills Education Learning Outcomes
  • Girls use empathetic words towards their peers, friends, teacher, and family.
  • Girls demonstrate empathetic behavior to others when they are in need of support and care.
  • Girls understand that modeling empathetic communication and behaviors for younger girls in school and the community helps them learn how to be empathetic.
USAID YouthPower Action Key Soft Skills for Cross-Sectoral Youth Outcomes

Empathyrefers to “the affective and cognitive ability to feel and understand what someoneelse is feeling” (Lippman et al., 2014a).Some violence prevention literature distinguishes types of empathy, with “cognitive empathy” referring to one’s ability to cognitively take another’s perspective and identify their state of mind, while “affective empathy” refers to the ability to share in another’s emotional state (Caravita, di Blasio, andSalmivalli, 2008). Across the literature reviewed, there is more evidence linking affective empathy with violence prevention outcomes in youth than cognitive empathy.

Kenya TVET Values and Life Skills (VaLI) Framework

Students are able to understand and share in the feelings of another. It is the ability to comprehend another’s feeling without being judgmental. A skill that helps pursue positive relationship and is vital in conflict management and conflict resolution.

Preparing Youth to Thrive

Relating to others with acceptance, understanding, and sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences.