Bahá’ís believe that children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Therefore the moral and spiritual education of children is incredibly important not only to families but to the wider community.
The goal of spiritual education is to cultivate in children spiritual qualities such as love, helpfulness, and generosity, and to help them apply these qualities to their own lives and those around them.
Across Australia, growing numbers of Bahá’í children’s classes are being conducted in neighbourhoods. The classes aim to help children:
- acquire spiritual qualities and virtues
- develop patterns of behaviour that lead to a joyful, productive life
- become aware of God’s love for humanity and His unfailing assistance
Children’s classes are open to all children, subject to parental approval. All classes are taught by volunteer local teachers who are certified under the national Bahá’í Child Protection Policies, which includes compliance with the relevant child protection laws of Australia’s states and territories.
Parents are welcome to sit in on the classes and encouraged to meet with the teachers regularly to find ways to get involved.
“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