Human Excellence means...

Excellence in each of the five domains of human personality: Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-violence


Who are we?

We are a world-wide group of citizens – teachers, scientists, businessmen, lawyers, parents, psychologists and concerned others – who believe that unless our present civilisation regains its moral compass, we are on a fast track to an ecological and humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.

Each one of us has a long history of involvement in reformist education that gives equal or more weight to the development of both moral and performance character (good and smart) in our mandatory school system. As the 14th Dalai Lama has said:

It is vital that when we are educating our children’s brains we do not neglect their hearts.

Some of us have as their guide and mentor the visionary educationist, Sathya Sai Baba, who has been establishing free schools and universities worldwide that do not neglect the importance of moral education. He said:

What is the use of acquiring high education if one is found wanting in virtues? What is the value of such education? What is the use of ten acres of barren land? Instead, a small piece of fertile land is good enough.

We are honoured to have two eminent Senior Advisors here in Australia, both foremost researchers into values education worldwide: Emeritus Professor Terence Lovat and Emeritus Professor Ron Toomey . Prof Lovat wrote in his 2006 book, Values Education. The Missing Link in Quality Teaching:

Values Education is premised on the power of the teacher to make a difference….by engaging students in the sophisticated and life-shaping learning of personal moral development….


I suggest that the nature, shape and intent of Values Education has the potential to refocus the attention of teachers…on the teachers’ capacity to form relationships of care and trust, and so establish a values-filled environment and, along with this, to teach about those values and so promote in students a commitment to live by those values and to build a society where justice and respect are assured.

Why are we here?

We believe that there is a manner of thinking, feeling and behaving that is truly human, in the same way that a bee behaves exactly as a bee must, as does a tree, a fish, lion, star and insect. If a critical mass of us can transmute all of our negatives into the flowering of our innate human excellence, the tide will be turned and peace without measure will saturate the world.

It is realistic to accept that most of the adults in the present-day world are unwilling or unable to change – to become more compassionate, selfless and open-minded – and it would be wrong to insist that they do. If we try to bend a fully-grown tree, it will break; however, a young sapling is readily able to take on a new form. It is for this reason that our primary focus is on the education of the children, for they are the parents, citizens, artisans, businessmen, lawyers and politicians of the future. If they can complete their schooling with a commitment to remaining compassionate and humane, with spontaneous sympathy and regard for all beings flowing from the heart, and with an eagerness to serve society rather than be preoccupied with their own acquisitive aspirations, then, we believe, a new era of world-wide harmonious relationships will be born.

What can we do?

Our children, our students, are the future of our society. Given that most adults appear to be unable to change, how are we to ensure that the civilisation our children will inherit can evolve into one that is truly human, mutually-caring and respectful of the natural environment?

It is our conviction that our present system of education will need to give a much higher priority to the development of good character than it does at present. We are all products of our home and schooling, and so too will the cloak of virtue that our children wear be determined in large part by the way in which their teachers and parents think, feel and act.

The essential catalyst that will allow the young to aspire ever-upwards towards being good and true is that we, the concerned adults, take as our own the words of Mahatma Gandhi:

Be the change that you want to see in the world

That is, if we can have the courage to shed our ego-skin again and again, so as to rediscover our own human excellence, our young ones will be inspired to emulate us. They will build a strong moral compass for guiding them unerringly through life’s challenges, tribulations and joys.

They will remain dedicated to emulating their teacher’s noble example of humanness that has so inspired them during their school days; and they will feel impelled to climb the same mountain of goodness and truth that has been scaled by one or both of their parents.

We believe that there is much that we can do, for each one of us lives inside an extraordinary biological, biochemical, neurological machine that can be reprogrammed to reach for the stars within ourselves. In this way we can inspire and teach our children to become both good and smart to their highest degree.

We have coined the term Human Values Education to describe a form of values-based education that rests upon the following foundation principles:

  • The five Human Values of Love, Peace, Truth, Right Conduct and Non-violence embrace all of the human virtues, and lie within each one of us in full measure, equivalent to that displayed by the greatest saints and sages known to history.
  • The ideal outcome of education is for the student to manifest all of the Human Values at a personal level of excellence, this being the sign of good character.
  • Above all else, the most important component of Human Values Education is that the teacher (and, ideally, the parents) be engaged in an ongoing, fearless process of becoming an inspiring example of all five of the Human Values in their every thought, word and action.

If we truly believe that a priceless diamond lies under the surface of a mountain, there will be an impulse to search for it, to bring it to the surface.  This is how it must be when we elect to teach our children about Human Values – we will be looking always for the ‘diamond’ in them.

And, once we realise that a dry log of wood can only become aflame by placing it next to a log that is already blazing fiercely, we will seek to become that blazing log that can set our students afire with the urge to live according to the five Human Values.

Our children are waiting – waiting for us to show them how to live. They are yearning – yearning to be recognised as embodiments of Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-violence. They are hoping – hoping that we can so perfect ourselves, that they might more readily become perfect themselves.

Where do we begin?

With this goal in mind – a revolution in education – we have established the Australian Academy for Human Excellence, a division of the non-profit Heart of Love Foundation (Australia). The work of the Academy is to remind teachers of the nobility of their profession and awaken them to the momentous task in front of them, for the future of our society is in their hands. The challenge for them is to so transform themselves that their students will be inspired towards manifesting their own human excellence – their true beauty, love, power, serenity, compassion and exquisiteness.


“You have a treasure within you
that is infinitely greater than anything
the world can offer.”

— Eckhart Tolle



The Australian Academy for Human Excellence has canvassed the full range of international research into what is generally known as values education, moral education or character education, culminating in the publication of our seminal work, Handbook for Teachers in Human Values Education: Scientifically-grounded Teaching Strategies for a Meaningful Life.

The Handbook contains the basic material required for the understanding and practice of what we have termed Human Values Education: that form of education which aims to bring forth from within – in both teacher and student – the innate love and wisdom that defines our true nature as human beings, our Peaceful Mind, Open Heart.

Where to begin? Teachers – hundreds and thousands of teachers – will need to be made aware of, inspired by and provided resources for Human Values Education. Our challenge is to remind teachers that theirs is the most honourable of all professions, for they are the moulders of character (whether intentionally or not) in the future citizens of our society. Our task is to invite them to set out on an intrepid journey in self-transformation so as to become inspiring role models (for the students) of the five universal Human Values of Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-violence.


“Try not to become a man of success
but rather to become a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein

An equally important task for the Academy for Human Excellence is to offer resources to parents so that they too can aspire towards Human Excellence – in both moral and performance behaviour – for the sake of their children.


Having explored the research into parenting, and believing that the principles of Human Values Education apply equally in the home situation, the Academy for Human Excellence has made available its second book, Mindful Parenting for a Meaningful Life: A Workbook for Parents.

As with the teachers in Human Values Education, the challenge of encouraging and guiding parents towards becoming inspiring role models of good character for their children is truly immense. The resource material offered to them is universal in its language and approach so that all can relate to it. The online course based on the above book is titled Dynamic Parenting, and is available at


“There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world
than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”

— Marianne Williamson



Another important task for the Australian Academy for Human Excellence is to provide resource material for parents who have children aged 3 to 12 years. The purpose of this resource is to nurture and protect the inherent creativity and goodness of young children so that their high human virtues can remain relatively undiluted and allowed to flower into excellence with each passing year.

To assist in this endeavour the Academy has published Self-Awareness in Early Childhood: A Resource Book for Teachers.

The Resource Book provides material for parents and educators to assist children in maintaining and strengthening an awareness of their innate nature, which science is now recognising as being highly altruistic, intuitive, peaceful, righteous and ever-inclined towards curiosity and learning.


One further duty of the Australian Academy for Human Excellence is that of providing resources for family carers and aged care workers to love and serve each one of the elderly in their care with joy and compassion. The intention is to assist all individuals in rediscovering the true Self, that inner Beingness that does not fear aging and dying. To assist in these endeavours, the Academy has made available its fourth book, Handbook for Rediscovering Authentic Happiness in the Closing Years of our Life: Research Findings in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness for Embracing the Path of Aging.


Recognizing that the challenges of the teenage years in the modern era often appear to be complex and overwhelming, both for the teens themselves and for the parents and teachers, the Academy has produced an online course chich is written for teenagers but which also available for the adults in their lives. It is titled, A Spoonful of Self-Help for the Teens and is accessible at

What do we do?

We encourage students, teachers, parents, those caring for the elderly and infirm, and all other concerned citizens to strive towards living the five universal Human Values which are:

  • Love – Use caring and respectful words; develop compassion, kindness, generosity and greatness of spirit; care for the environment, for each other, and for ourselves
  • Truth – Speak honestly and confidently; develop the power of reason, intuition and a sense of inquiry; recognise the Oneness of all humanity, all life, all of creation.
  • Peace – Develop self-respect, calmness, patience, forgiveness, and self-control; value others; move without hurry.
  • Right Conduct – Develop integrity, determination, perseverance, cleanliness, punctuality and respect for the laws of society; be true to our conscience, or moral compass.
  • Non-violence – Avoid hurtful thoughts, words or actions; practise forbearance, cooperation, gentleness, consideration, respect and tolerance towards others; limit desires and have respect for Nature.