Living Values

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Living Values Education: A Values Based Awareness Educational Programme [LVEP] originally began as an outreach programme for the Brahma Kumaris religious organization. In 1999, divested from "BK" LVEP became a stand alone USA nonprofit corporation, Living Values: An Educational Program, Inc. (LVEP, Inc.)established to further develop and disseminate the programmes worldwide. With growing international representation, came the formation of an international coordinating organization (ALIVE) in 2004. As of November 2018, Living Values Education through ALIVE has some 30 Associate representative country organisations and 15 country Focal Points, individuals representing the programmes. 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, Refugee, Street Children, Earthquake, War Victims etc., plus a Distance programme providing free download material from the LVE website - to anyone seeking to explore Values in their lives, community, school classroom etc.,


LVE provides professional development courses and educational resource materials to help educators help young people explore and develop universal values, according to the cultural background. The twelve values being: freedom, cooperation, tolerance, happiness, honesty, love, peace, humility, respect, responsibility, simplicity, and unity which can be expressed in life through attitude, behavior and relationships. The educational program helps children, youth, educators and parents to understand, develop and share values in daily life.

Living Values Education (LVE) is a way of conceptualizing education that promotes the development of values-based learning communities and places the search for meaning and purpose at the heart of education. LVE emphasizes the worth and integrity of each person involved in the provision of education, in the home, school and community. In fostering quality education, LVE supports the overall development of the individual and a culture of positive values in each society and throughout the world, believing that education is a 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 is supported by UNESCO and a host of other organizations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals. It is part of the global movement for a culture of peace in the framework 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. Separate 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]


  • 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