Human Values

Human values are fundamental to human existence and are integral to any society. They are universal and are inherent in all human beings and are intertwined with the cultural and spiritual aspects of life. Human values-based education, therefore, is complimentary to values based education. Bringing out and nurturing of the human values in children during the formative years will result in caring and responsible adults in the future. Bringing out human values in adults is an internal motivator that reinforces good character, morality and ethics, resulting in caring and responsible citizens.

There are a wide variety of human values found in varying degrees in all societies, religious traditions, and civilizations. While different societies have different socio-cultural and value orientations, five basic themes of human values relevant to all are:

  • Truth,
  • Right Conduct,
  • Peace, 
  • Love, and
  • Non-Violence.

These five core values can be further subdivided into their practical applications (sub-values) as shown in the table below:

TruthRight ConductPeaceLoveNon-violence
Curiosity
Discrimination
Equality
Honesty
Integrity
Intuition
Memory
Quest for Knowledge
Reason
Self-analysis
Self-awareness
Self-knowledge
Spirit of Inquiry
Synthesis
Truthfulness
Understanding
Cleanliness
Courage
Dependability
Duty
Endurance
Ethics
Gratitude
Goal Setting
Good Behaviour
Good Manners
Healthy Living
Helpfulness
Initiative
Leadership
Obedience
Patience
Perseverance
Proper Use of Time
Protection
Resourcefulness
Respect
Responsibility
Sacrifice
Self-confidence
Self-sufficiency
Serving
Simplicity
Teamwork
Will
Attention
Calm
Concentration
Contentment
Dignity
Discipline
Focus
Happiness
Humility
Individualism
Inner Silence
Optimism
Satisfaction
Self-acceptance
Self-confidence
Self-control
Self-discipline
Self-respect
Caring
Compassion
Dedication
Devotion
Friendship
Forgiveness
Generosity
Helping
Consideration
Kindness
Patience
Sharing
Sincerity
Sympathy
Tolerance
Appreciation
Appreciation of Other Cultures & Religions
Brotherhood
Citizenship
Concern for all Life
Co-operation
Equality
Fellow Feeling
Loyalty
Minimum Natural
Awareness
Respect for Property
Service
Social Justice
Unity
Universal Love
Unwillingness to Hurt