- The Baha’i Faith
- Australian Baha’i Community
- What Baha’is Do
- Building vibrant communities
- Engaging in social action
- Participating in public discourse
- Spiritual life
Spiritual education of children
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 assumes vital importance.
The goal of spiritual education is to cultivate in children spiritual qualities such as love, forgiveness and justice, and to help them apply these qualities to their own lives and those around them.
Across Australia, growing numbers of Baha’i children’s classes are being conducted in neighbourhoods, at the community level, and in some State schools. 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
Children who have reached the age of 12 can continue this educational process with further age-appropriate materials. Eventually they reach the stage where they can take personal responsibility for their own spiritual development and contribute to the wellbeing of society.
Baha’i children’s classes are open to all children, subject to parental approval. All classes are taught by volunteer local teachers who are trained to conduct classes by training institutes. All teachers are certified under the national Baha’i Child Protection Policy (PDF), which includes compliance with the relevant child protection laws of Australia’s states and territories.
Parents are welcome to sit in on the classes or to meet with the teachers at any time.
To find a children’s class in your area, contact your local Baha’i community.