Values Education

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This activity is intended for:

– teachers of citizenship to students from age 12 up,
– youth leaders aspiring to engage students in a critical thinking process about values education and

– educators in general including trainers of teachers and youth leaders.

The ideal participants would be individuals with a positive attitude to using the creative arts including video and music as a vehicle for learning.


RICK’S cafe’ network is working on an approach to values education that makes it easier for beneficiaries to look at values by looking around themselves and at their backgrounds.  It fosters understanding about what is behind behaviuor patterns. This approach is transferable to other perspectives in behaviour including in democratic values, intercultural dialogue and exchange in which values are seen as potential common ground between people.


Value Variables is a concept that was conceived earlier in our years of experience in values education for youths.

It started out as a project called theRIGHTSperspective that was then extended into the life of RICK’S cafe’ network.

This course builds on this experience to bring a new approach to values education in school or in youth leadership environments.

The approach is divided into three levels:

i. looking at values in one’s own perspective categorising approaches from absolute (categorical and maybe fundamentalist) to compromise that varies between the justifiable and the excusable circumstances in which one sees values as mere point of departure rather than an absolute variable.

ii. looking at analogies that help one understand how society has worked with levels of compromise with values seen in absolute terms. Analogies are taken from legislation, religious doctrine and knowledge and other social rules that take into account situations in which the human element and circumstances come into play.

iii. looking at the social dynamics and the mobilisation of social players in a democratic state or a society aspiring for more democracy into discussion about the role and importance of values in democratic and political systems.


Participants will join the RICK’S cafe’ network as members and will take part in an online discussion forum on the social media platform of RICK’S cafe’. This will help them know each other and the trainers to know more about their perspectives. This will also help participants know what to expect in the days of the course. It is also a start up of the mental readiness to publish one’s own thoughts be they in a closed community like a discussion forum or with the general community of players in education and youth leadership. It is the start of the preparation for a course that is delivered by a network and that is therefore also an opportunity to create friendships and new cooperation with organisations around Europe that share ideas in spite of a variety of contexts.


The training has two objectives :

– giving hands on exposure to participants in new approaches to values education that is in many cases conveyed to young people in inert contexts often to some level tainted by the personal opinion of the trainers. The course will therefore enable teachers and youth leaders to bring a wider vision to values education that views the subject from a social, historical and cultural point of view. It dons them with the tools to enable their young audience to build an informed opinion about what is happening in their social environment. It makes bridges between values, morals, ethics and friendship.

– it gives teachers and youth leaders ample techniques on the use of media (especially video making) and the creative arts in activities with young audiences in order that through video and artistic projects teachers, youth leaders and young people can work together in a creative environment without the inhibitions and social or religious baggage that often weightens such topics of discussion.


The training will be in part plenary and in part in break out groups. The training will be high in practical element and it will engage the participants in all the stages of project work in a way that they can later evaluate and understand the benefits of the Value Variables approach and later on emulate or transfer what they see and learn during the training within their own context.

The provider of the training is a network and the content will therefore be delivered in a networking and cooperation approach. It will seek to secure friendships and lay the bed and foundation for future cooperation between participants, their respective sending organisations.

The methodology will also tally with the philosophy of RICK’S cafe’. This means orientation towards the generation of a working environment that brings into the school a international vision that forms part of a strategy in order that the school may become a window onto the world for its students, its teachers and non-teaching staff as well as for the community around it.

Follow up

At the end of the course the participants will prepare a classroom or youth activity based on the activities in the course and emulate it in their classroom. The result will be shared in the social media platform of the RICK’S cafe’ network to close the process that will have been started at the beginning of the course and so that participants now part of the RICK’S café network may share the same even with their colleagues in the network.


Training Programme

Day 1
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction of the works
10:00 – 10:30 Reflections on pre course online forum and personal views on values education
10:30 – 11:00 theRIGHTSperspective story
11:00 – 11:45 The Value Variables model (general)
11:45 – 12:30 Work plan for the afternoon and the following days
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Video activities on values education (ideas and plans)

Day 2
09:30 – 10:30 Video activities : A to Z of video production
10:30 – 11:30 Classroom / Youth group management in video activities
11:30 – 13:00 Value Variables concept in practice (video activities)
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Practical session : past experience in values education of participants and proximity to Value Variables view

Day 3
09:30 – 11:00 Religion and Faith, Citizenship and Social Development curricula as backdrops for values education
11:00 – 13:00 Value Variables : my rights and yours, compromise or balance
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 Excursion

Day 4
09:30 -12:00 Using scenarios in values education
Scenario Building techniques to generate dilemma
Mentoring discussions
12:00 – 12:30 Conclusion of morning activities
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Looking into the use of video footage from news or opinion columns / portals to elicit values discussion

Day 5
09:30 – 11:00 Value Variables : Expression on values. Relativism or context ?
11:00 – 11:30 Validation and feedback on course
11:30 – 12:30 Planning of follow up and conclusion of the works