Parents everywhere work hard to give their children a sound ethical and moral foundation for their lives.
We all know instinctively that developing the moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness but to the wellbeing of society itself.
Providing spiritual education for children has always been a priority for the Bahá’í community.
In neighbourhoods everywhere, Bahá’ís and their friends offer moral education classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, complementing the education they receive at home and at school.
“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” Bahá’u’lláh
Baha’is firmly believe that the function of education is to bring out the wonderful qualities already in existence in every child. The structure of the children’s class programme – just like all Baha’i educational programmes – is not one of indoctrinating children in any system of belief but rather one of helping the child to find her or his ‘gems’ and helping to polish them for the happiness and well-being of the individual child and for the benefit of society.
Drawing on the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, the classes aim to inspire in children a love for God and the Founders of all the religions of the world. The classes teach the children not only the importance of respecting the beliefs of others but also help the children to see how this great diversity is to be welcomed and can be enjoyed rather than feared.
Though each class is as individual as the children and teachers involved, in general, Baha’i children’s classes are made up of short lessons and activities such as art, music, games and stories that illustrate virtues like kindness, generosity, and so on. These lessons help to build social skills and friendships and help each child involved to develop to the full extent of her or his potential.
Open to all
All children from all backgrounds are welcome to be part of these classes with the approval of their parents. The classes are sometimes run in the children’s own homes often with the help of their parents and families. All teachers offering children’s classes must be over 18, hold a Garda Clearance certificate, be known to the organisers and undergo a training programme. Parents are encouraged to meet with the teachers at any time to learn all about the programme.
If you would like to know more about the Children’s Classes programme or find a group near you please get in touch using our Contact page.
O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty. Thou art the Giver. Thou art the Compassionate. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá