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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.

For more information or to discuss potential projects please contact Education Coordinator [email protected].

Please read our guidance notes which highlight the importance of providing a safe and supportive learning environment when using these resources, and outline the content of each lesson in more detail.


Forgiveness and Justice

This series of three lessons explores what Restorative Justice means, how it differs from Criminal Justice and the impact it can have on victims and offenders.

The lessons examine Restorative Justice through the story of Margaret Foxley, and the story Will Riley and Peter Woolf, who have all taken part in the Restorative Justice process.

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Why do people forgive?

This series of three lessons explores why people choose to forgive, as well as the role of compassion and empathy in the process of forgiveness. It also looks at the differences and similarities between cycles of revenge and forgiveness.

The lessons include the stories of Mary Foley and Barry Mizen who both lost their teenage child to violent crime.

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Forgiving the Unforgivable

This series of three lessons explores whether forgiveness is possible in the most extreme cases of war and genocide.

The lessons focus on Kemal Pervanic who lived through the Bosnian War and detainment in Omarska concentration camp, and the story of Mary Blewitt who lost 50 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide.

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How else can The Forgiveness Project support your school?

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. Learn more about the exhibition.


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].


If you have a question about The Forgiveness Project’s Education Resources, please contact Anna, our Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or call us at this number +44 (0)207 821 0035 in our London office.

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