What we offer | Education Programme

Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion.
— Ian McEwan

The Forgiveness Project values the role education has in enabling children and young people to talk about forgiveness, empathy and justice. Open dialogue about these concepts not only shifts a child’s way of thinking but also help change behaviour. Such discussions can promote positive attitudes which may then be shared with friends, family and the wider community.

We believe that understanding and valuing others is key to creating a common humanity, and that children and young people have the ability to change and improve the future through their thinking and actions.

At The Forgiveness Project, we aim to support this shift in thought and action through the sharing of real life stories. These stories encourage dialogue, debate and questioning and are a valuable resource for schools, training providers and practitioners to use as a catalyst for exploring forgiveness and related concepts.

We recognise that educational approaches and the needs of schools change over time and we value the opportunity to work in partnership with schools and practitioners to develop new resources and projects which are both meaningful and relevant within education today.

We would love to hear your ideas, thoughts or questions about our education work, so please do get in touch via our Education Coordinator [email protected].

Education Resources

The Forgiveness Project Education Resources have been designed for teachers to facilitate lessons exploring forgiveness, justice, empathy and compassion using real-life stories.

The lessons are aimed at students in Year 9 upwards and can be used in PSHE, RE, citizenship and psychology. The lessons are split into three topic areas: Forgiveness and justice, Why do people forgive?, and Forgiving the unforgivable - with three one-hour lessons for each topic.

Click below to learn more about the Resources.

The F Word Exhibition

The F Word exhibition is available for hire and can provide additional stimulus for students, staff and parents to encourage further dialogue, critical thinking and creative response.

Students will be immersed in a rich and wide range of stories from across the world, supporting subjects such as Citizenship, RE, History and PSHE.

The exhibition compliments the Education Resources by continuing to build students’ understanding of forgiveness and empathy as catalysts toward a more harmonious society.

Click below to learn more about the exhibition.

Storytellers

In addition to our Education Resources, The Forgiveness Project storytellers are available to talk in person during assembly or within class time.

For further information or ideas of stories to support your lessons please contact [email protected].