Children are the most precious resource a community has. Bahá’ís believe that moral and values-based training for children are essential in order to nurture these capacities.
Thus, Bahá’í communities worldwide sponsor virtue education classes for children of all backgrounds. The classes seek to develop essential virtues such as generosity, honesty and kindness. They aim to build a strong moral framework that will assist children to achieve excellence in material, intellectual, health and moralistic aspects of life.
Much like a young tree, children will grow and develop in whatever way they are trained and according to the influences they experience. The classes encourage children to recognise their own nobility and the inherent nobility of their friends.
The children acquire knowledge and moral capacities which they can integrate into their everyday lives. Lessons are catered for children at around the ages of 5 to 10 years and normally run for around 1.5 hours. The format consists of: quotations, stories, songs, arts & crafts and games & activities.
Children’s Virtue Classes
The Bromley community places great emphasis on the moral education of children, with a focus on providing ongoing opportunities for developing a sense of world citizenship and a lifelong commitment to serve humanity.
These are – virtues and not religious education classes – that are intended to nurture morally vibrant and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that we all have a role to play in helping our world to become a better place. Teacher are trained formally through a children’s class workshop. Topics include unity, love and truthfulness.
“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.”