Research shows that a formalised buddy system teaches, and gives children the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others. Through looking after and caring for smaller, younger children who are in the first year of school, older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground. Teaching pro-social values and skills can also contribute to the development of resilience, a protective factor for children if they experience hardship or loss.



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