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Disseminating inclusive design methodologies as a means changing schools' social climate and preventing social exclusion. An empathy tool for children in grades 4-6 to collaborate with people with disabilities.


Advisor: Prof. Dina Shahar

Social exclusion and ostracization are frequent occurrences in school. However, schools do have the power to prevent this phenomenon. Educators attest that schools that make efforts to improve social climate see a direct impact that reduces social exclusion among pupils.

Studies show that people with a high level of empathy are more sensitized to the environment. Empathy is like a muscle that can be trained and developed. When we are more empathetic to the people around us, we become more sensitive, less aggressive, and less violent.

When we teach children to be more empathetic to classmates, this improves the school's social climate, creates a healthier environment for children, and reduces social isolation or exclusion.

The "Empathy Studies" program provides the tools of inclusive design, exposing children to people from different social backgrounds to understand various limitations, disabilities, and needs. Thus, children undergo a learning process to experience and develop their "empathy muscle".

The kit contains:  

Internet site adapted to educators, parents, and community members that provides resources and tools.

Student booklet: A booklet that pupils utilize during the project. 

Interactive posters: Posted throughout the school, these are designed to raise awareness and make the empathy process visually present.

The program makes inclusive design learning process accessible to everyone and focuses on using professional design methods in a school environment. This opens the door for activating children's imaginations. The thinking process and creativity children develop throughout this program raises their awareness of their surroundings, from their closest family and friends to the general public.

In our current state of advanced technology, children avoid approaching other and are less attentive to their surroundings. Teaching them these skills from a young age provides them communication and inter-personal abilities throughout their futures.

The program includes various activities and enables and even requires children to be true partners in the process in a way that utilizes their strengths. 

Some of the social exclusion problem has to do with our work on class climate, meaning when there is more closeness and a sense of belonging, there are less exclusions

Odelia Alkobi, education consultant and director of the "Ta'atzumot" center

Class and school discourse are very important and should focus on friendship, acceptance, and mutual encouragement. Children learn and apply this approach

Racheli Sharon, social coordinator in elementary school

About me

Halel Nachliel

Service and user experience designer with a passion for solving problems. I believe in design that is adapted to all users, regardless of age or limitation. I aspire to design for human needs with creativity and originalism, conducting in-depth research to understand users. I love working with people and have a real desire to keep learning and evolving. 

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