According to Wikipedia, 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.
In her book “Living Values Education Activities for Young Adults, Book 1”, Diane G. Tillman says that:
The purpose and aims of Living Values Education were created by twenty educators from around the world when they gathered at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York in August of 1996. The purpose remains unchanged. The aims have been slightly augmented as has our experience and understanding since that time.
LVE’s purpose is to provide guiding principles and tools for the development of the whole person, recognizing that the individual is comprised of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. The aims are:
- To help individuals think about and reflect on different values and the practical implications of expressing them in relation to themselves, others, the community, and the world at large;
- To deepen knowledge, understanding, motivation, and responsibility with regard to making positive personal and social choices;
- To invite and inspire individuals to explore, experience, express and choose their own personal, social, moral, and spiritual values and be aware of practical methods for developing and deepening them; and
- To encourage and support educators and caregivers to look at education as providing students with a philosophy of living, thereby facilitating their overall growth, development, and choices so they may integrate themselves into the community with respect, confidence, and purpose.
The development and implementation of Living Values Education has been supported over the years by a number of organizations, including UNESCO, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals. LVE continues to be part of the global movement for a culture of peace following the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World.
This book is published by The Association for Living Values Education International (“ALIVE”). Part of the book is available for free download by clicking on the link livingvalues.net/file_download/665. (See here for more about the Culture of Peace).
ALIVE is a collective of organizations, associations and individuals in over 40 countries that provide professional development workshops and curriculum resources to educators around the world. Their website says that:
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 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.
Wikipedia says that in LVE, young people explore and develop 12 universal values: freedom, cooperation, tolerance, happiness, honesty, love, peace, humility, respect, responsibility, simplicity, and unity. These are developed according to the cultural background. They can be expressed in life through attitude, behavior and relationships.
ALIVE says that
Our vision is the emergence of a better world in which values such as: Love, Peace, Respect, Tolerance, Responsibility, Cooperation, Happiness, Honesty, Humility, Simplicity, Freedom and Unity become the compass with reference to which all people chart the journey of their lives and the development of humanity as a whole. We believe that education is an essential part of the journey to such a better world.
Their website contains free downloadable educational materials.
ALIVE is based at Rue Adrien-Lachenal 20, 1207 Genève, Switzerland.
Living Values Education Programme (LVEP) originally began as an outreach programme for the Brahma Kumaris religious organization. It is now a nonprofit USA corporation. Their website is not currently responding so no more information is available.