Education

The Bahá’í Faith and Education

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable man to benefit therefrom.”-—Bahá’u’lláh

Central to the development of any community is an education process that facilitates the realization of the greatest potential of its inhabitants. In this process, special attention is given to the education of the children, youth, and enrichment of the entire community. This allows all individuals in the community to be active agents in the process of generation, application and dissemination of knowledge .There are two main kind of education, Material and spiritual and these must be given equal emphasis if the community is to advance. Along with a multitude of friends in their communities, the Bahá’ís of Uganda are engaged in an evolving educational process whose curriculum is set in such a way that it equips individuals to lead meaningful, service oriented lives that enables them to become agents for both individual and collective transformation. In this light, individuals are viewed as having capacity that remains latent within them and with the right balance between material and spiritual education, they are enabled to reveal their potential, and channel it into their community’s development endeavors.

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Education

Role of Education

The primary, the most urgent requirement is the promotion of education. It is inconceivable that any nation should achieve prosperity and success unless this paramount, this fundamental concern is carried forward.——Abdu’l-Bahá

Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of the people to address environment, social and economic development issues and challenges. It is also critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, knowledge, skills and behavior consistent with sustainable development and to empower people for effective public participation in policy and decision making. Education facilitates people’s understanding of themselves, others, society and their links with the wider natural and social environment. This understanding serves as a basis for creating love and care for our environment and building durable respect for ourselves and others.

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Social and Economic Development

Bahá’í social and economic development focuses on increasing the capacity of the friends to make decisions about the spiritual and material progress of their communities and then implement them. While such development activities provide services that lead to a visible improvement in some aspect of life, their ultimate success is measured by the degree to which they enhance the ability to address issues of development at increasingly higher levels of complexity and effectiveness. This applies not only to individuals and communities but also to institutions. As development efforts grow, organizational structures should evolve to meet new challenges and opportunities.

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Bahá’í Houses of Worship

Temples are symbols of the reality and divinity of God -- the collective center of mankind. Consider how within a temple every race and people is seen and represented -- all in the presence of the Lord, covenanting together in a covenant of love and fellowship, all offering the same melody, prayer and supplication to God. Therefore, it is evident that the church is a collective center for mankind. For this reason there have been churches and temples in all the divine religions…( Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace).

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Bahá’í Beliefs

The beginning of all things is the knowledge of God, and the end of all things is strict observance of whatsoever hath been sent down from the empyrean of the Divine Will that pervadeth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth. — Bahá’u’lláh