Forgiveness Education and Therapy

Primary 3 students at Holy Family Primary School in Belfast, Northern Ireland, celebrate their Forgiveness Programme graduation.

We’ve developed a forgiveness education curriculum for each grade in Pre-kindergarten (age 4) through 12th grade (ages 17-18) classrooms. We build one new teacher guide a year so we can assure that it is of the highest educational quality and incorporates the most appropriate resource materials for that age group.

The curriculum encompasses 12 to 16 lesson plans (one-half to one hour or less per week for each lesson) that teach students about respect, inherent worth, empathy, all in the context of forgiveness. Books, DVDs, stuffed animals and other materials are included to help teachers achieve success.

Primary 3 students at Holy Family Primary School in Belfast 
celebrate their Forgiveness
Programme graduation.  ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒

The International Forgiveness Institute educational programs have reached more than 25,000 students in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, 68% of teachers using the curriculum observed that students decreased in their level of anger and increased in their academic achievement.  In addition,  95%  of  teachers  thought  their  classrooms functioned  better  because  of the forgiveness  curriculum. That same percentage said they actually became better teachers and better people through teaching about forgiveness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Read more about the amazingly positive results of the four most recent teacher surveys in central-city Milwaukee.                                        

Both public and private schools in Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Belfast, Northern Ireland, are currently teaching forgiveness education with funding and guidance provided directly by the International Forgiveness Institute. Click on the city names above to see a complete list of participatin g schools and classrooms in those locations.

The Forgiveness Education Program is also being taught at schools in many other Wisconsin cities, in 18 other U.S. states, and in more than 30 countries outside the U.S.

Does forgiveness education work? Here’s what successful businessman turned film maker Patrick Wells said:

"Teaching the art and power of forgiveness to children may be both the best and the fastest way to positively change our world. I believe the Belfast experiment should be expanded to first grade classes in every elementary school in the world. The results speak for themselves, as violent crime in Belfast has fallen dramatically in the past ten years."

Read the article Embracing Forgiveness Education to Reshape our World” by Patrick Wells. Read more and see samples of the Curriculum Guides on our Curriculum Page.

The International Forgiveness Institute is proud to partner with Florida-based non-profit organization Forgive4Peace (formerly called Possumus International) on a variety of projects. It's mission is to "promote forgiveness education at home, at school and at work for the sake of world peace." According to Rosemary Kite, Founder and President of Forgive4Peace, "Forgiveness fills the gap between our world’s unrest and world peace. All education fosters peace. Forgiveness education brings peace."

Check out their new initiative called "The Home Forgiveness Education Award." You could win $500.

Become a "Peace Builder" by signing The Forgiveness Pledge.