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Exploring Stories of Forgiveness

A series of nine lessons exploring three topics: Forgiveness and justice, Why do people forgive?, and Forgiving the unforgivable.

Each lesson includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and film link to a real-life story of forgiveness.

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?

Hire Exhibition

The F Word exhibition is available for hire and provides additional stimulus for students, staff and parents to engage in further dialogue, critical thinking and creative response around forgiveness in the community.

To hire the exhibition, please contact [email protected].

Book a Speaker

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].

Get in touch

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].