Every child is potentially the light of the world – and at the same time its darkness… – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
It is the responsibility of families and the community to help children cultivate the gems they inherently possess, so they can be agents of positive change in the world now and in the future. Through such spiritual education we, as parents and community members, can nurture our children’s innate nobility and support each other in our efforts to raise our children to become shining lamps and brilliant stars in this world.
Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. – Bahá’í Writings
Providing spiritual education for children, aged 6 to 10, has long been an element of the culture of the Bahá’í community. In neighborhoods across the world, Bahá’ís and their friends offer moral education classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, complementing the education they receive at school.
Parents everywhere are looking for ways to give children this spiritual education, to lay the foundations for their children to have noble characters and fruitful lives. Developing the moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness but also to the service and advancement of our society.
These weekly children’s classes help the children to develop virtues and to create a strong moral framework in which they can achieve excellence in the material, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life.
Children’s classes, both by studying sacred verses and talking through the questions that children face in their lives, help children apply spiritual principles – such as love, unity and justice – to their own lives, to their families and friends. They include short lessons, activities to build social skills and friendships, games, stories that illustrate virtues like love, kindness, generosity, and art and music.
Weekly children’s classes activities:
- Saying prayers and singing songs
- Memorizing quotations
- Learning stories
- Playing games
- Creating art projects
The goals of the classes include:
- Develop spiritual qualities such as love, generosity, unity, truthfulness, kindness and justice
- Discover their unique talents and capacities
- Discover the world of nature and create beautiful works of art
- Develop a strong moral purpose