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 10th grade (ages 15-16) 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 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.

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 that 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 participating schools and classrooms in those locations.

The Forgiveness Education Program is also being taught at schools in 6 other Wisconsin cities, in 7 other U.S. states, and in 11 countries outside the U.S. Click here to see the complete list.

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.