Living Values

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Living Values is an international educational approach that engages all age groups from children through to the elderly. It knows no boundaries, is not gender-specific, embraces all faiths and cultures. It is just about the values of our common humanity.

Its growing international presence required the formation of an international coordinating organization (ALIVE) in 2004. ALIVE is established as a not-for-profit foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. As of November 2018, Living Values Education through ALIVE has some 30 Associate representative country organisations and 15 country Focal Points, individuals representing the educational approach. Over 40 countries in all regions of the world are involved in extending Values awareness to all age groups with emphasis of school education, special "At Risk" interest areas; drug rehabilitation, prison inmates, refugees, street children, earthquake, war and natural disaster victims. The facilitators and trainers for Living Values reach into every facet of society where Values are felt to be recognised and understood as the common bond of all people. In addition to practical activities in group workshops, classroom activity and study groups in Values educational delivery, Living Values is also extended into countries around the globe with Online Correspondence Courses to anyone seeking to explore Values in their personal lives, community, school classroom, business etc., through the organisation's website -


LVE provides professional development courses with educational resource materials to help educators and others support all people to explore and develop universal values, according to their cultural background. The focus is on twelve primary values being: Peace, Love, Respect, Tolerance, Responsibility, Humility, Honesty, Cooperation, Happiness, Simplicity, Freedom, Unity. All of which can be expressed in life through attitude, behavior and relationships. Other values are also involved. The Programmes support children, youth, educators, parents, business and communities in understanding, developing and sharing values in daily life.

Living Values Education (LVE) is a way of conceptualizing values awareness that promotes the development of values-based learning communities and places the search for meaning and purpose at the heart of our lives. LVE emphasizes the worth and integrity of each person involved in the provision of education, in the home, school and community. In fostering quality values-based education, LVE supports the overall development of the individual and a culture of positive values in each society and throughout the world, believing that values awareness is a fundamental purposeful activity designed to help humanity flourish. [13]

The implementation of Living Values Education is facilitated by the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE), a non-profit-making association of organizations around the world concerned with values education. Drawing on a strong volunteer base, the advancement and implementation of Living Values Education has been historically supported by UNESCO and a host of other organizations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals. It is part of the global movement of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. ALIVE groups together national bodies promoting Living Values Education and is an independent organization that does not have any particular or exclusive religious, political or national affiliation or interest. [13]

In 2001, LVE's series of five books won 'The Teachers' Choice Award' by Learning Magazine,[5] a national publication in the USA for teachers and educators. This series of three age group (3–7, (8–14), (Young Adults) activity books have all been re-edited in 2019 and are publicly available through Amazon. Separate special programmes exist for children at risk including refugees and Children Affected by War (LVARCAW), street children, [6] youth in need of drug rehabilitation and young offenders. The Ministry of Labor in Vietnam noted in March 2008 that LVE’ drug rehabilitation program was the most successful drug rehab program in government rehabilitation clinics in the country. [13]

New initiatives introduced in 2019 widen the reach of LVE through distance facilitator training programs, increased regional gatherings of ALIVE membership, a much detailed website offering extended resource of downloadable materials covering a wide-ranging application of values aspects.


  • Living values, Theoretical Background and Support
  • Living Values Activities for Children Ages 3–7 by Diane Tillman and Diana Hsu, 2001. ISBN 1-55874-879-2.
  • Living Values Activities for Children Ages 8–14 by Diane Tillman, 2001. ISBN 978-1-55874-880-4.
  • Living Values Activities for Young Adults by Diane Tillman, 2001. ISBN 1-55874-881-4.
  • Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitator Guide by Diane Tillman, 2001. ISBN 1-55874-882-2.
  • LVEP Educator Training Guide by Diane Tillman and Pilar Quera Colomina. February 2001. ISBN 1-55874-883-0.
  • Making the Case for Values and Character Education: A Brief Review of the Literature
  • Common values for the common school? Using two values education programmes to promote ‘spiritual and moral development', Arweck, Elisabeth, Nesbitt, Eleanor and Jackson, Robert. Journal of Moral Education, Volume 34, Number 3, Sep 2005 , pp. 325–342
  • Lovat T., Schofield N., Morrison, K., & O'Neill, O. (2002). Research Dimensions of values education: A Newcastle Perspective. Canberra: Australian College of Education Yearbook.


8. ^ Tillman, Diane (2001). Living Values Activities for Young Adults. p. xi. ISBN 1-55874-881-4. 10. ^ Tillman, by Diane G. (March 1998). "Parenting for the 21st Century, a Values-Based Approach Living Values: Αn Educational Initiative". Education for the 21st Century in the Asia-Pacific Region, UNESCO Conference Melbourne, Australia.. 12. ^ 13. ^,%20April%202009.pdf