Living Values Education - Fact Sheet

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Why Living Values Education?

Young people everywhere are increasingly affected by violence, bullying, social problems, and a lack of respect for each other and the world around them. Values education offers children and youth positive experiences and empowering choices. What children and youth learn is later woven into the fabric of society.


The vision of the Living Values Education approach …

Living Values Education 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. Living Values Education educates hearts and minds. It emphasizes the worth and integrity of each person involved in the provision of education, in the home, school and community. In fostering quality education, Living Values Education 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.


What is Living Values Education Program?

Living Values Education Program is a comprehensive values education program. This innovative global endeavor offers training, a practical methodology and a wide variety of experiential values activities to educators, facilitators, parents, and caregivers to help them provide the opportunity for children and young adults to explore and develop universal values and associated intrapersonal and interpersonal social and emotional skills. Educators are asked to reflect on their own values and create a values-based atmosphere. The curriculum includes Living Values Activities for peace, respect, love, cooperation, happiness, honesty, humility, responsibility, simplicity, tolerance, freedom and unity. Used in formal and informal settings, LVEP also has special materials for use with children affected by war, children in difficult circumstances (street children), young offenders and youth in need of drug rehabilitation. The LVE books are available in various languages.


Who supports Living Values Education at the international level?

The implementation of Living Values Education is facilitated by the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE International), 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 involved with UNESCO and a host of other organizations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals in a common purpose. It is part of the global movement for a culture of peace. ALIVE groups together national bodies promoting Living Values Education, an independent organization that does not have any particular or exclusive religious, political or national affiliation or interest.


Where is this program being implemented?

Living Values Education is currently used in more than 40 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. LVE Distance programs now make Living Values Education assessible in countries and regions areas not yet represented.


Positive turnarounds in and outside of the classroom.

Educators implementing Living Values Education Program report positive changes in teacher-student relationships and in student-student relationships both inside and outside the classroom. Educators note an increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, and the ability to solve peer conflicts on the part of the students. Aggressive behaviors decline as positive social skills and respect increase. Living Values Education Program helps educators create safe, caring, values-based atmospheres for quality learning.


How can I learn more?

Visit to download introductory units and find the ALIVE Associate or Focal Point nearest you, or click here to email