The Living Values Educational Programmes are one rich resource for values education.
Living Values: An Educational Program
Office for the United Nations,
866 UN Plaza, Suite 436, New York, NY 10017 USA
Fax: (212) 504-2798
This is some background to their work:
Living Values: An Educational Program (LVEP) is a values education program. It offers a variety of experiential values activities and practical methodologies to teachers and facilitators to enable children and young adults to explore and develop 12 key universal values: Cooperation, Freedom, Happiness, Honesty, Humility, Love, Peace, Respect, Responsibility, Simplicity, Tolerance, and Unity. LVEP also contains special units for use with parents and caregivers, and refugees and children-affected-by-war.
LVEP is already in use at over 4000 sites in 66 countries. Results from schools indicate that students are responsive to the values activities and become interested in discussing and applying values. Teachers report not only a decrease in aggressive behavior, but also note that students are more motivated and exhibit an increase in positive and cooperative personal and social skills.
The purpose of Living Values: Educational Program is to provide guiding principles and tools for the development of the whole person, recognizing that the individual is comprised of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
As we move into the 21st century, the search for ways to improve the quality of education is global. One area of focus has been that of values, attitudes, and behavior and how to develop these aspects of character in a positive and productive way. How do we empower individuals to choose their own set of values? What kind of specialized training is necessary for educators to integrate values into existing programs? How can values-based education prepare students for lifelong learning in their communities? (Read more)