Children’s Classes

Bahá’ís see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment. In a world where the joy and innocence of childhood can be so easily overwhelmed by the aggressive pursuit of materialistic ends, the moral and spiritual education of children assumes vital importance.

The Bahá’í community at every level is highly sensitised to the need to respond to the spiritual aspirations of the young, and older youth are typically anxious to take responsibility for the development of those around them younger than themselves. Educational activities for children, then, are often among the first to multiply in a community.

“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

In recent years, training institutes around the world have been playing an increasingly important part in the training of teachers to conduct classes for the spiritual education of children. The materials being developed for use by the institutes emphasise the acquisition of spiritual qualities—for example, truthfulness, generosity, purity of heart, and kindness, to name a few—which are considered attributes of God that are reflected in the mirror of the human heart. Year after year, the materials build on the understanding of these qualities and add lessons related to the history and the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith. The goal is for the children to reach a stage in which they can understand and act upon the imperative to tend to their own spiritual development and contribute to the well-being of society.

The institutions of the Faith also pay a great deal of attention to the question of raising human resources to conduct children’s classes. In this regard, they dedicate significant resources to bringing into being and maintaining an effective system of coordination for the training of teachers, opening channels for the flow of guidance, educational materials, and learning to and from the grassroots.

“O Thou Kind Lord! I am a little child…”

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This is an extract from a prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, often recited by Bahá’í children.

O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties.

— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Radiance

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Radiance

This song is among those sung in Bahá’í children’s classes throughout the world. You can listen to it in the following languages:

Joy Gives Us Wings

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Joy Gives Us Wings

This song is among those sung in Bahá’í children’s classes throughout the world. You can listen to it in the following languages:

“Children are the most precious…”

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The following sentences are drawn from a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the world in 2000. The full text of the letter can be read on the Bahá’í Reference Library.

Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity.

— The Universal House of Justice

“Thousands upon thousands…”

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The following sentences are drawn from a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the world in 2008. The full text of the letter can be read on the Bahá’í Reference Library.

Thousands upon thousands, embracing the diversity of the entire human family, are engaged in systematic study of the Creative Word in an environment that is at once serious and uplifting…Aware of the aspirations of the children of the world and their need for spiritual education, they extend their efforts widely to involve ever-growing contingents of participants in classes that become centres of attraction for the young and strengthen the roots of the Faith in society.

— The Universal House of Justice

Be Hopeful

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Be Hopeful

This song is among those sung in Bahá’í children’s classes throughout the world. You can listen to it in the following languages:

“O God! Educate these children…”

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This extract from a prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is among those studied by children in Grade 1 in Bahá’í children’s classes throughout the world.

O God! Educate these children. These children are the plants of Thine orchard, the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden. Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love. Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow and develop, and appear in the utmost beauty.

— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

“O son of spirit! My first counsel…”

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This is an extract from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, often recited by Bahá’í children.

O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly, and radiant heart…

— Bahá’u’lláh

Fountain of Generosity

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Fountain of Generosity

This song is among those sung in Bahá’í children’s classes throughout the world. You can listen to it in the following languages:

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