Education and its importance in human society were explored in detail recently when UCC Law Professor Dr. Siobhán Mullally addressed the audience at the Cork screening of a new human rights film.
Speaking at the premiere of Maziar Bahari’s film To Light a Candle Dr. Mullally reflected on the responsibility we have as individuals to support the fight human rights in addition to whatever efforts may be done at the level of government.
A member of the Department of Foreign Affairs Standing NGO Committee on Human Rights, Dr. Mullally expressed her satisfaction that this committee has chosen freedom of religion and belief as their platform.
Dr. Mullally was joined by members of the audience in deploring the denial of a third level education to Iranian Bahá’ís. They were so moved by the Bahari film that they stayed on afterwards and discussed ways in which they could help.
“The spirit at the event was amazing,’ said organiser Breda Nagle, a local counsellor and member of the Bahá’í Faith.
Referring to the Bahá’í teachings on the importance of education Ms. Nagle said that Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Faith, stated that each human being is like a mine, rich in gems of inestimable value, and that ‘education alone can cause it to reveal its treasures.’
“With such a beautiful description of the human being, and such an exalted station for human education, it’s inconceivable to me that any individual should be deprived of an education, no matter what their religion, no matter where they live.”