The Baha'i community places great emphasis on the moral and spiritual education of children and youth, with a focus on providing ongoing opportunities for developing a sense of world citizenship and a lifelong commitment to serve humanity.
Children are the most precious resource a community has. Like young trees, children grow and develop in whatever way they are trained and according to the influences they experience. Baha'i spiritual education for children is intended to nurture spiritually vibrant and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to God and have a role to play in serving humanity.
Weekly children's classes are hosted by hundreds of Baha'i communities across the country. In addition to developing virtues, participants learn about the history, principles and central figures of the Baha'i Faith; the lives and teachings of the founders of the major world religions; and the importance of prayer in daily living.
Baha'is offer study circles at the neighborhood level using Ruhi Institute materials to help develop the skills to teach these children's classes. In addition, the Baha'i Core Curriculum for Spiritual Education offers a wealth of lesson plans and materials for teachers and children. The eGems Library offers a searchable listing of books designed to serve the needs of teachers and parents engaged in the spiritual education of children. Also available is Brilliant Star, an award-winning children's magazine that can be incorporated into children's classes.
To find a Baha'i children's class near you, please fill out the Request Information form or call 1-800-22UNITE.