“The Great Being saith: 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’ís in Uganda are collaborating with others – family members, neighbors, religious groups and institutions - to build capacities within their communities to take charge of their spiritual, social and intellectual development. In different contexts and communities across the country Bahá’ís are presenting the gift of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh for the betterment of society and welcome members of their communities to participate in the various activities:
Meetings where members of the community gather to pray for their children, families and the wellbeing of their communities, are held in an atmosphere of respect to each other’s religious background and an understanding that all pray to one Almighty God. Currently there are over 330 such meetings with over 5,000 people participating in them throughout the country.
The wellbeing of any community, places a great responsibility on communities to nurture the moral and spiritual development of children. To fulfill this undertaking, Bahá’ís in the communities they reside in Uganda organize classes for moral, spiritual and intellectual education of Children. Currently there are over 800 children’s classes with over 14,000 participants throughout the country.
The program which seeks to channel the immense energy amongst the youth has been widely embraced throughout the country, by the youth themselves, their parents and families. The program focuses on molding energetic young adults to contribute to the betterment of their societies through community service, concentration on their studies and utilizing the space they have to realize their potential. The Bahá’í community in Uganda has engaged youth in various undertakings, training them through a series of courses, providing them with opportunity to offer voluntary service and building their spiritual, moral and intellectual susceptibilities. There are currently over 800 Junior Youth Program classes which are going on throughout the country with the participation of over 10,000 youth.
Circles of Study that enable people to reflect on their spiritual reality exploring the application of the Words of God, His teachings and their individual and collective lives. Those involved in study circles participate on an equal footing in reflecting on the contents of a series of books covering a number of topics that help participants to understand the higher purpose of life. These activities are open to all members of the community.