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Subject: Character Education
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: miki_ibear28-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 24 Apr 2006 15:06 PDT
Expires: 24 May 2006 15:06 PDT
Question ID: 722407
We are helping to launch an extracurricular character education
program for Japanese primary school students. We are currently
surveying character education programs, particularly extracurricular
ones, in other countries than USA (e.g. UK, France, Italy, Germany,
Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore) to give us a baseline
in curricular and organizational practices. I would be profoundly
grateful if someone could help me identify successful programs or
organizations in these countries that specialize in character or
ethical education or point me to resources to find these programs. We
are looking for:

*	Successful character education programs, particularly
extracurricular ones (it does not matter whether they are for- or
*	Non-sectarian character education umbrella organizations in these
countries (such as Character Education Partnerships in the United
*	Non-sectarian organizations that "certify" programs, teacher
training, or individual students
*	Any non-traditional character education formats, such as DVD,
multimedia, or Web-based materials

Thank you again for your consideration.
Subject: Re: Character Education
Answered By: guillermo-ga on 30 Apr 2006 23:40 PDT
Hello miki_ibear28-ga,

I organized the search by country, using the search strategy
"character education" OR "values education" plus the name of the
country or the corresponding Internet country suffix. The quantity and
adjustment to your conditions of the results varied from one country
to another. An organization that claimed to have programs in almost
all the countries you asked to consider is:

Living Values Education Program (LVEP)

Its general Program Overview can be read at:

This organization partners with UNESCO (United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization - ) in many
projects. The general framework of the alliance is depicted in the
document "Framework for
Action on Values Education in Early Childhood"
( )

As to the criteria you specified, I tried to focus in extracurricular
programs and non-sectarian and non-partisan programs and
organizations. Next to each result listed I marked which of the
criteria desired it covers. I didn't find organizations that
specifically claim to act as certifiers.


->LVEP  - Organization, Programs

-> The Citizenship Foundation - Organization, Programs

-> BeCal - Resources

-> Vital (Values in teaching and learning) - 

-> The Gordon Cook Foundation - Organization

-> Peace Child - Organization


-> LVEP(Reunion Island) - Organization, Program

-> IFMAN (L?Institut de recherche et de Formation du Mouvement pour
une Alternative Non-violente - Non-violent Alternative Movement's
Research and Training Institute) - Organization; programs. Website in

"L?Institut de recherche et de Formation du Mouvement pour une
Alternative Non-violente (IFMAN) est une association qui propose
depuis 1989 des formations sur la régulation des conflits, la
prévention de la violence, la gestion des émotions, la communication?"

The Non-violent Alternative Movement's Research and Training Institute
(IFMAN) is an association that, since 1989, offers training on
conflict regulation, violence prevention, emotion management,

-> Ecole de la Paix (School of Peace) - Organization, programs - Website in French.

"L'Ecole de la paix - sans appartenance politique ni confessionnelle -
a pour objet d'informer et éduquer les citoyens en vue de construire
la paix et d'amener personnes, groupes et Etats, à établir et
élaborer, d'eux-mêmes, des relations plus pacifiques."

The School of peace -- non-partisan, non-sectarian -- has as a goal to
inform and educate the citizens in order to build peace and gather
persons, groups and the State to establish and elaborate among
themselves the most pacific relationships.

In the UNESCO document "Best Practices of Non-Violent Conflict
Resolution in and out-of-school Some examples" there are cases
depicted for Ecole de la Paix ("Let?s learn to live together") and
IFMAN ("Daring Non-Violence") -- pages 33 through 40.
( )

-> Generation Mediateurs (Generation Mediators) - Organization,
programs, resources. Page in French

"L'idée qu'un jeune puisse être médiateur pour ses camarades commence
à faire son chemin..."

"The idea that a youngster could be a mediator for his/her companions
begins to go its way..."





Martin Auer (writer) - Resources

Promoted by UNESCO, "The strange war - Stories for a culture of peace"
was written by Martin Auer to promote the values of peaceful living
among the kids. It can be read online and downloaded.


-> "Making use of the peer group power in preventing and intervening
in bullying" - Experience narration at the UNESCO document "Best
Practices of Non-Violent Conflict Resolution in and out-of-school Some
examples", pages 41 through 44
( ) by
Christina Salmivalli, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of
Turku: (page in Finish)

-> "Thoughts of Children and Adults about the Environment and
Environmental Education" - Case Study by Eila Jeronen and Marjatta
Kaikkonen from the University of Oulu



Värdegrundscentrum (National Centre for Values Education), Umeå
university - Organization

Life-Link, Organization, Programs





The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities (SACSC) -
Organization, programs

Harmony Foundation - Organization, programs, resources



Other character education resources:
(search strategy: "character education resources" OR "character
education materials")

Utah Educational Network

The Way to Happiness & Character Education Materials

Marco Products

Character Development Group

Character Education Resources

I hope this answers meets your needs. In any case, please don't
hesitate to ask for clarification. Thank you.


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