Triple V Introduction

On March 11, 2009, a 17-year-old graduate of the Albertville secondary school in Winnenden, Germany, returned to his alma mater to shoot nine students and three teachers. During his escape, he shot three additional people before turning the gun on himself.

The massacre in Winnenden is only one of the tragic acts of violence that have brought us – organizations based in Germany, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Hungary – together. Experiences of extreme violence are something we share, uniting us in our determination to put our knowledge to work for the people in our regions and bring about a more peaceful society. Violence is an issue in every country in Europe, and we believe that values education is one of the most effective preventative measures available.

More than ever before, young people are demanding the opportunity to develop values independently and add individual purpose to their lives – and here they need our support. Hence the project Triple V: Values vs. Violence. It works to strengthen the values awareness of European youth with the aim of achieving a peaceable society characterized by fairness, tolerance, and nonviolence.

Triple V is a two-year project designed to raise the values awareness of around 40,000 young people (ages 14-21) in numerous regions of Europe.

Values cannot be imposed from above. But we can help youngsters reflect on the values they practise. To become consciously aware of values, young people must examine them in practical terms. The educational materials prepared by the Institute of Peace Education Tübingen (ift) are based on that insight. Triple V’s course materials are based on the ift model. Specially trained facilitators are vital to ensuring that values are examined, identified and communicated to good purpose.

Triple V’s project objectives operate on three levels:

  • Methodological: Developing methods for communicating values to youngsters in the intercultural European context, to be published in an educator’s manual for use in values communication-workshops
  • Systemic: Institutionalisation of a Europe-wide values education system through the establishment of Centres of Values Communication with the capacity to train 300 facilitators
  • Individual: Developing and strengthening values awareness among young people by involving them in Youth Actions