AVAL – Ethics and values in Early Childhood and Primary Education

The recent panorama across the EU with a series of simultaneous crises: refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth have led this partnership to strongly believe that ethics and values as well as critical thinking are increasingly becoming very important aspects in the development of a democratic, pluralistic, and knowledge-based society, both in terms of the position and the role of an individual as a citizen as well as in the area of an individual’s personal development.

Scientific research has proven that early childhood education is the most important phase to initiate a healthy development (Stiles, Jernigen 2010; Jolles, Crone 2012). Ethical education and critical thinking have a significant role in forming an ethical mature human being. Despite this, practices, experiences and opportunities for ECEC and primary school teachers to obtain knowledge in this field vary significantly, as it is the case with the presence of innovative educational approaches to these topics. All these reasons and challenges represent an important motivation for us to propose this project.

The project will address the field of ethics and values education and focus on empowering Early Childhood Care and Education (ECEC) pre-school and primary School Professionals to learn about values based on 3 pillars:

  • ethic values (personal values – one “self”);
  • democratic values (as we live in society –One “self and the others”)
  • and environmental values (as we live in the planet earth).

Our project will:

  • After reviewing the state of the art of the current provision for 0-6 and 7-11 regarding learning about ethics, values education (EVE) and critical thinking, we will develop open educational resources and peer-to-peer learning methods with an aim to enhance the professional development of those working or active in the school education sector by increasing the quality and range of initial and continuing training.
  • Design innovative practices in 0-6 and 7-11 school education in the field of ethics and values education, developing and promoting innovative learning approaches;
  • Create a resource centre on ethics, values and critical thinking education aimed at increasing the awareness on the importance of moral obligations and social values so as to strengthen its educational structures in a system of values supported by all relevant stakeholders.

The project aims to reach out:

  • At least 150 0-11 teachers and stakeholders to participate directly in the project development (state of the art, review of the learning materials, piloting, Event)
  • More than 100.000 EU citizens will be informed during the project about the AVAL Resource center and access the online tools of the project
  • More than 2000 organizations and institutions will be informed about the AVAL Platform and be provided with specific guidelines to integrate it in their training.

The consortium of AVAL is formed by 10 project partners from 9 different EU countries which come from a wide range of backgrounds including the World Association of Early Childhood education, Universities, Training, research and development centres and Associations, and SMEs. Part of the partnership has been participating in the Edu-teach (VG-SPS-BY-15-36-013864) and ETHIKA (KA2-SE-31/14) projects and this proposal emerges from the needs identified in both projects.

AVAL is in full alignment with the priorities, objectives and aims of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships call for Schools as it envisions in 0-3, 3-6 and 7-11 teachers up-skilling and provision of transversal skills, providing access to Open Educational Resources based on ICT, link continuous education and training with higher education (ECTS), implement awareness campaigns, and promote validation, accreditation and certification for 0-3, 3-6 and 7-11 teachers.

The activities of the project will consist in THREE MAIN INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS, namely:

  • I. DEVELOPMENT OF LEARNING MATERIALS (Association Petit Philosophy)

The methodology employed will be that of critical thinking approach and Ethics and Values education with children, and the outputs will be prepared collaboratively, in relation to the identified real needs of teachers that will be established in focus groups; all the outputs will be peer reviewed and tested in practice.

There will also be 1 multiplier event in Madrid (ES) and training activities that are planned to widely disseminate and pilot the outputs of the project.

Asociación Mundial de Educadores Infantiles – Spain

Innovation Training Center, S.L. – Spain
Innovation in Learning Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nurmeberg – Germany
STePS srl – Italy
Dapesti muszaki es gazdasagtudomanyi egyetem – Hungary
Udruga za poticanje neformalnog obrazovanja, kritickog misljenja i filozofije u praksi Mala filozofija – Croatia
Center for advancement of research and development in educational technology ltd – Cyprus
Militos symvouleutiki a.e. – Greece
Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana – Slovenia
Fundatia Centrul Educational Spektrum – Romania


Project information

Project website


EU programme

rasmus+ KA2. Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

EU Contribution


09/2017 – 08/2019


– Ethics and values
– Early Childhood Education
– Primary Education
– Up skilling School staff
– Innovative learning modules
– Online training

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