Children Spiritual Education Programs
Baha'i Children's Education Programs
Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future.
For this promise to be realised, the moral and spiritual education of children is of vital importance.
The goal of spiritual education is to cultivate in participants spiritual qualities such as love, forgiveness and justice, and to help them manifest these qualities in all interactions with all people. Classes draw on the elements of prayer, understanding and memorisation of the Word of God, stories, songs, art, cooperative games, and music. Families are welcome to participate in classes and associated activities.
"...attach importance to the training of the children, for whatever they learn in that early stage of their development will leave its traces upon their whole life. It becomes part of their nature." - Shoghi Effendi
Bahá'í children's classes are open to all children, subject to parental approval. Classes are usually taught by volunteers who are trained by training institutes.
Across the world, growing numbers of Bahá'í children's classes are being conducted in neighbourhoods, communities, and in some State schools. These classes are empowering children to contribute to the creation of a peaceful world through exploration of universal themes such as:
We are all loved by the same God
We are all one human family
Diversity is valuable
Women and men are equal
All forms of prejudice must be eliminated
The natural environment is a sacred trust
Consultation is an essential skill for peaceful problem solving
The classes aim to help children to:
Acquire spiritual qualities such as love, truthfulness and generosity
Develop patterns of behaviour that lead to a fruitful and productive life
Become aware of God's love for humanity and His unfailing assistance
"O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity." - Abdu'l-Baha
Continuing the Educational Process
Children who have reached the age of 12 can continue the educational process by entering into the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme. Through this programme participants build capacity to take personal responsibility for their own spiritual development and for their contribution to the wellbeing of society.
Children under 12 years can participate in Children's Classes.
To connect with a Children's Class teacher please contact your local Bahá'í community.