Roots of Empathy is classroom program that reduces aggression among schoolchildren by raising their empathy and emotional competence. Students are instructed to observe a visiting infant and parent in class, thereby reflecting on their own feelings and interactions with others. Roots of Empathy has reached over 450,000 children in 18,000 classrooms worldwide, including over 3,000 in Ireland. There are 65 Roots of Empathy programmes operating in Ireland, with a further 98 in Northern Ireland.