We believe that the development of moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance not only to their own happiness but also to the advancement of humanity as a whole.
 
Providing spiritual education of children has long been an element of the culture of the Baha’i community. We hold regular children's classes that are open to all children, subject to parental approval, in neighbourhoods across Australia.
 
Baha’i children’s classes aim to nurture the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis is on helping children learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles, such as love, unity and justice, to their own lives and to the lives of those around them.
Based on the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, the classes seek to inspire in children a love of God and His Messengers, and of humanity in all its diversity.
The classes include short lessons, activities to build friendship, games, stories, art and music.
Contact us to find out about classes in your local area.
See below for lesson plans on the Baha'i Faith that are suitable for use by primary school teachers. 
Baha’i education in state schools
In some states, we provide Baha’i education classes in public primary schools under the “Special Religious Education” or “Scripture” program.
Students from any religious background are welcome to attend (with their parents’ permission) and many currently do.
The classes assist children to develop their spiritual nature, complementing the material and physical education provided by schools.
Based on the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the classes emphasise the development of spiritual attributes or virtues and attempt to foster in students the knowledge, skills, understandings and values required to be world citizens. Students are encouraged to embrace the oneness of humankind in all its diversity.
The classes include short lessons, games, stories, art and music.
All Baha’i children’s classes are taught by volunteer local teachers who are certified under the Baha’i Child Protection Policy, which includes a mandatory police check. Parents are welcome to sit in on the classes or to meet with the teachers at any time.
Contact us to find out if Baha'i Education in State Schools is available in your area.
View the brochure and curriculum for Special Religious Education classes in NSW public schools.
View a short video about Baha'i Education in State Schools made by the Baha'is of the Gold Coast. 


Resources for primary school teachers
A package of seven, 20-minute lesson plans on the Baha'i Faith is available for primary school teachers. It can be downloaded here.
The lessons were developed for use when teaching from Stage Two of the Human Society and Its Environment curriculum of the NSW Department of Education and Training, but can be adapted for other uses. They can be taught in any order or as stand-alone lessons.
The lessons are based on the following themes: "What do Baha'is believe?"; "Where and how do Baha'is practice their Faith?"; and "The history of the Baha'i Faith".
An additional lesson is provided for teachers planning an excursion to the Baha'i Temple in Ingleside, Sydney.



View a video from a school visit to the Temple made by the students at Neutral Bay Public School.





All resources required for teaching these lessons are provided, including several Web sites for use on an interactive white board.
Any questions or feedback on the lessons should be sent to the Baha'i Council for South-Eastern Australia (email secretariat@sea.bahai.org.au or phone 02-9748 1297).
 

Children take over at the Baha'i Temple in Sydney for the annual Children's Service. Read more