IFI Forgiveness Education Around The World

Editor’s Note – As Dr. Enright winds down his world forgiveness travels this month, he provided this update from Galilee, Israel. Here is the encouraging news from each of the countries he is visiting.


Belfast, Northern Ireland Hazelwood5

Students at Hazelwood Integrated Primary School are learning about the fundamentals of forgiveness.

We had many meetings in Belfast  including a two-day workshop on forgiveness education for teachers from 10 different integrated schools. The integrated schools have both Irish Catholic and British Protestant students going to the same schools. Up until about 10 years ago, this was very rare.

Last June, a 2-hour “Forgiveness Education Pilot Session” was held at Hazelwood Integrated Public School by NICIE- the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education. Since  then, one of the teachers there has been working to recruit other schools into the program (joining the half dozen already teaching forgiveness) and we’ve worked very closely with NICIE to expand the Forgiveness Program to other integrated schools.                                                                                


Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Peli Galiti, a native of Athens who now lives in Madison, is taking the lead in bringing forgiveness education to about 1,000 students in Greece this year.GreekFlag3

She arranged for me to speak at two public meetings and two meetings with teachers. These were very productive, especially the public talk in Athens where 350 people showed up—a capacity crowd.  In Thessaloniki, more than 150 people attended our presentation. The enthusiasm was evident among both crowds. It seems to me that Greece is fertile ground on which forgiveness education can grow.

Peli is arranging for our anti-bullying forgiveness guide to be translated and published in June by    an Athenian publisher who will do the same with our Curriculum Guides.

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Jerusalem and GalileeIsrael

Old Roman road between Jerusalem and Jericho that Jesus traveled many times during his years teaching about love and forgiveness. Doors are also opening for forgiveness education in Israel.  I had a meeting yesterday   with educators not only from Jerusalem but also as far away as Jericho (a six-hour   walk–15 miles,  24 km—with an elevation increase of about 3,400 ft, 1060 km).

 A peace leader here is encouraging me to initiate a major conference in June of 2017   with a focus on forgiveness within the Hebrew/Jewish, Christian, and Muslim   traditions (day one) followed by a second day of talks on Forgiveness Education, with   invitations going to people in Greece, Belfast, Liberia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and   anywhere else we would like to plant forgiveness education.

 Hmmmm…..a major conference on forgiveness and forgiveness education in   Jerusalem???? With a publication of the papers presented there????…….Ok………             Old Roman road between Jerusalem and          
Jericho that Jesus traveled many times during   Would any of you like to help work on the development of this major conference in
his years teaching about love and forgiveness.   Jerusalem? I have a donor in mind in Milwaukee. We shall see.

        Editor's Note: Dreams do come true! Dr. Enright did indeed pull together an international team that planned, organized and conducted: 
                                                                            The Jerusalem Conference on Forgiveness 
                                                                                                    July 12-13, 2017
                                                                             Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

                           Click this button  to learn more and watch the videotapes of all 22 conference speakers.


Today we’re off to the Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI-see picture at right) in Ibillin, Galilee, where we began a Forgiveness Program in their high school last year. This school year, eight high school teachers at MEEI are teaching forgiveness, involving about 600 students.The Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, in the Galilee section of Israel, where nearly 600 students are learning about forgiveness thanks to the IFI.

I’ll meet with the head of Education in Galilee before trekking back to Jerusalem for more meetings with peace leaders there, who all of a sudden are seeing the great need for forgiveness education.

For example, a school system that encompasses Jerusalem, Jericho, and the West Bank today committed to forgiveness education for all students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade – 20 schools and 10,000 students. I will try my best. They want me back in 
mid-August to do teacher training. They could become a model for this area of the Middle East……..we shall see.

One peace leader in Galilee said to me yesterday, “There is no way out of the conflicts here unless forgiveness is in the center.” Ask me if I agree with this. Oh, and this same peace leader wants to start forgiveness education in the prisons of Israel, which he mentioned to me before I mentioned to him our latest initiatives at the Columbia, WI maximum security prison. He was surprised and happy to hear of our ideas.


The Philippines 

Banaue Rice TerracesFinally, I will head to the Philippines, a tropical Southeast Asian country composed of more than 7,100 islands that are home to more than 98 million people.

The acceptance of forgiveness education in Manila and neighboring Quezon City has been exceptional since last year when we started working with Metro Manila Christian Church and Hope Worldwide, an international organization that provides protection, education and health services to poor Filipino children.

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                                    Manila, the capital of the Philippines⇒  
           
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