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Living Values: An Education Program [LVEP] started as an outreach programme for the Brahma Kumaris religious organization[1] called 'Sharing Our Values for a Better World' in 1995. [2][3] Created primarily by Brahma Kumari [BK] adherent Diane Tillman, a Licensed Educational Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist in Seal Beach, California, with co-authors Diana Hsu, Pilar Quera Colomina and other Brahma Kumari followers, Living Values was born out of an earlier Brahma Kumari international service programme called, "Global Cooperation for a Better World" in 1988. [4] It was formalized at the Brahma Kumaris' United Nations office, New York in 1996 and as of March 2008, LVEP was estimated to be in use at over 77 countries at over 8,000 sites.[5]



LVEP is based on a variety of activities to explore and implement human qualities, according to the cultural background. The twelve values being: freedom, cooperation, tolerance, happiness, honesty, love, peace, humility, respect, responsibility, simplicity, unity which can be expresses in life through attitude, behavior and relationship. The educational program allows children, youth, educators and parents to understand, develop and share values in daily life. It has since been established as an independent not-for-profit organization and is being coordinated by the Association for Living Values Education International whose registered office is in Geneva, Switzerland. Directors include people who are not Brahma Kumari adherents.

In 2001, it won 'The Teachers' Choice Award' by 'Learning Magazine',[5] a national publication in the USA for teachers and educators. Separate programmes exist targeting refugees and Children Affected by War (LVARCAW) and street children.[6]


  • Living values, Theoretical Background and Support
  • Living Values Activities for Children Ages 3-7 by Diane Tillman and Diana Hsu, 2001. ISBN 1558748792.
  • Living Values Activities for Children Ages 8-14 by Diane Tillman, 2001. ISBN 155874880.
  • Living Values Activities for Young Adults by Diane Tillman, Myrna Belgrave. ISBN 1558748814.
  • Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitator Guide by Diane Tillman, 2001. ISBN 1558748822.
  • LVEP Educator Training Guide by Diane Tillman and Pilar Quera Colomina. February 2001. ISBN 1558748830.
  • 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.


  1. ^ 'Religious Organisations in the UK and Values Education Programmes for Schools' by Nesbit, E, Henderson A. Source: Journal of Beliefs and Values, Volume 24, Number 1, APRIL 2003 , pp. 75-88
  2. ^ Tillman, Myrna (2001). Living Values Activities for Young Adults. p. xi. ISBN 1558748814.  
  3. ^ Arweck, Eleanor (June 2004). "'Living Values: an educational program'--from initiative to uptake". British Journal of Religious Education 26 (2): 133–149. doi:10.1080/01416200420042000181910. "This article is concerned with the connection between religions and education. It explores the case of one particular values education programme, 'Living Values: an educational program', and its link with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) to show how the programme originated and developed, which individuals and institutions were involved in these processes, how such a programme finds application in British schools and what form such application takes. The article traces a 'chain of transmission' from inception to classroom and looks at the reception which a values-based programme finds among teachers, pupils and parents. The article is based on ethnographic and documentary data gathered in a one-year research project (September 2001 to October 2002) in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) at the University of Warwick.".  
  4. ^ 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..  
  5. ^ a b "Living Values Education Programme". BKWSU. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09.  
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