IFI Forgiveness Education Around The World

~ Read the latest update from Dr. Robert Enright's global travels from Edinburgh, Scotland to Rome, Italy.

~ Read the February 2019 update from Dr. Enright's travels to Ramat Gan, Israel; Bratislava, Slovakia; Manila, the Philippines; and    Belfast, Northern Ireland.

~ Read "A Story of Rape, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation" plus 11 other True Forgiveness Stories from Across Europe.

~ Read about the IFI's influence in the Lebanese Civil War: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Lebanon. . . Can it Lead to Peace? anand Forgiveness Education Expands in Lebanon.

~ Read a summary of the IFI's groundbreaking 2018 Rome Conference on Forgiveness. 

~ Read about and view the videotaped international speakers at the first-of-its-kind 2017 Jerusalem Conference on Forgiveness.

~ Learn about Forgiveness Education at Mar Elias Elementary and Mar Elias High School in Ibillin, Israel and
...How the IFI Gained a Foothold in Israel-Palestine. 

~ Learn how the IFI's use of a book by the immortal Dr. Seuss is Fostering Forgiveness in Belfast, Northern Ireland and
...Celebrating 10 Years of Forgiveness Education in Northern Ireland.

~ Read why an internationally-acclaimed forgiveness measurement tool developed by Dr. Enright is being translated into the
...Urdu (Hindustani) Language for use in Pakistan and India.

~ Read how Dr. Enright helped start a Forgiveness Education Program in Monrovia, Liberia after receiving this request:
   "Professor Enright, can you help me save my country?” 

~ Read about a participant in one of Dr. Enright's workshops who applied what she learned by Teaching Forgiveness Education to    Teachers and Students in Greece.

Belfast, Northern Ireland 

We had many meetings in Belfast  including a two-day workshop on forgiveness education for Hazelwood5teachers 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 (see photo at right) 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.

GreekFlag3Peli 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.

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.

 Old Roman road between Jerusalem and Jericho that Jesus traveled  many times during his years teaching about love and forgiveness. → 

Hmmmm…..a major conference on forgiveness and forgiveness education in Jerusalem???? With a publication of the papers presented there????…….Ok………   Would any of you like to help work on the  development of this major conference in 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 left) in Ibillin, Galilee, where we began a Forgiveness Program in their high school last year. This 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.

What Is The Capital City Of The Philippines?

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                                   Manila, the capital of the Philippines⇒  
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