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History and Acknowledgements
History of Living Values
Living Values Education (LVE) was initially developed by educators in consultation with the Education Cluster of UNICEF, New York, and the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU). Twenty educators from five continents met at UNICEF Headquarters in New York in August of 1996. They discussed the needs of children around the world, their experiences of working with values, and how educators can integrate values to better prepare students for lifelong learning. Using the values concepts and reflective processes within the BKWSU publication Living Values: A Guidebook as a source of inspiration, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework, the global educators identified and agreed upon the purpose and aims of values-based education worldwide – in both developed and developing countries.

The Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE) wishes to thank the numerous organizations and individuals who have contributed to the development of Living Values Education.  

The approach, materials, training programs and projects, that are continuously being developed, draw on input from educators from diverse cultures, religions and traditions, giving it universal appeal and an active presence in 65 countries.

We wish to acknowledge the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University for its extensive contribution to the early stages of development of Living Values Education, including the dissemination and support of LVE through their global network of centers and their relationships with educators.  We would like to thank them for their continued cooperation in providing support or partnership when such is desired by a national LVE group.

We would also like to thank the many professional educators and artists who contributed to the initial LVE series of books, and the subsequent books for children at risk.

Our sincere appreciation is extended to the following organizations for their support of LVE in its beginning stages:

  • the Educational Cluster of UNICEF (New York)
  • the Planet Society
  • the Spanish Committee of UNICEF
  • the Mauritius Institute of Education
  • the regional UNESCO Office in Lebanon.

Special thanks goes to the many dedicated LVE coordinators and trainers around the world who served as volunteers, creating a strong foundation for the future.

Since the formation of the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE) in 2004, LVE has been able to benefit more educators, children, young adults and communities through the involvement of a host of other organizations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals. The dedication of educators around the world has generated increased enthusiasm for Values Education, fostering children’s healthy development and quality based learning. ALIVE appreciates the additional specialized LVE resource materials that provide further avenues to contribute to the wellbeing of children and youth at risk.

We would like to acknowledge the following organizations for becoming ALIVE Associates, acting as the lead for LVE in their country and training educators in schools and agencies to implement LVE while fulfilling their broader mandate:

  • Bond zonder Naam in Belgium
  • the Jesuit and Brothers Association for Development in Egypt
  • Club Avenir des Enfants de Guinée in Guinea Conakry
  • Yayasan Karuna Bali in Indonesia
  • Hand in Hand in the Maldives
  • New Generation Vibe in New Zealand
  • the National Children’s Council in the Seychelles.

There are many examples of collaborative partnerships. Only the ALIVE Associates and Focal Points for LVE know the full extent of cooperation and partnerships in their own country. However, we would like to acknowledge the partnerships that we are aware of, as follows:

Vietnam – LVE has been disseminated widely through partnerships with:

  • the Hanoi Psychological Association
  • PLAN International
  • World Vision International
  • the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Drug Rehabilitation Department
  • VTV2 Education Channel, a television station in Vietnam.

Israel – the ALIVE Associate works with:

  •  the Informal Education Department within the Ministry of Education
  • AMEN – Youth Volunteering City
  • JOINT Israel.

They have jointly developed a project to implement values in schools and in the communities and reinforce the values base of volunteering as a way of life.

Spain – the national LVE entity has had a collaborative contract with the Fundación Cultura de Paz since 2001. They are also in collaboration with:

  • the Faculty of Translation and Interpretive Practices of the Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona
  • the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya with the Campus for Peace.

Paraguay – the ALIVE Associate has received cooperation from:

  • Universidad Nacional del Este (UNE)
  • Diario ABC Color
  • the Ministry of Education and Culture
  • the National Commission of UNESCO in Paraguay

and is in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Colegio Aula Viva to provide more training to educators.

Switzerland – when conducting its program in a number of countries in West and Central Africa, the Swiss Association for Living Values received collaboration from UNESCO/BREDA (Regional Office for Education in Africa) and a number of National Commissions for UNESCO, as well as cooperation from many other organizations and individuals.
The following contributed through generous sponsorship:

  • ACCENTUS Charitable Foundation
  • Karl Popper Foundation
  • Service Industriel Genève (SIG)
  • Jersey (UK) Rotary Club
  • West African Cement (Togo).

Brazil – the ALIVE Associate, Instituto Vivendo Valores, has provided training to thousands of teachers, including street educators who work with children in difficult circumstances.The trainings have been made in three ways: for a specific school or NGO; open programs, where educators from some schools or NGOs participate; or collective programs for a town or a region of a city.

  • Many large networks of regular schools or NGOs that work with children in difficult circumstances have received LVE training, through these collective programs:  São Sebastião, São José dos Campos, Itápolis, São Bernardo do Campo, Campinas, Valinhos, Guarujá, Araraquara, Limeira  in the state of São Paulo, Três Corações, in the state of Minas Gerais, Recife, in the state of Pernambuco,
  • and the social networks: Nossas Crianças, Rede Fiandeiras, Rede Oeste, Bompar – Centro Social Nossa Senhora do Bom Parto in the city of São Paulo.

Also trainings have been held in São Paulo for the Young Offenders agency, the CASA Foundation. These educators from numerous outside agencies and private and public schools have facilitated the exploration and development of values with more than 500,000 young people in normal schools and 75,000 street children. We would like to thank each one of these agencies for their contribution to these children, and especially acknowledge:

  • the Itau Foundation
  • the Santos Martires Society
  • the public regular schools Boa Esperança, Peccioli and Josefina

for their assistance to children, young adults and the community through a new LVE project in an especially vulnerable neighbourhood in Sao Paulo,

  • and the Brahma Kumaris Organization for their permanent support and inspiration.

Other ALIVE Associates have received cooperation from national UNICEF committees and Rotary Clubs, and other organizations as well as individuals.

None of the above cooperation would have been possible without the dedication, work and love of the educators who believe in Values Education, the LVE national teams around the world, the ALIVE Associates and Focal Points for LVE, the LVE trainers and volunteers, and those who serve on the ALIVE board and International Advisory Committee.  We would like to thank each one of you for your work towards safe, healthy, caring, quality learning environments for children and a better world for all.

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