Who are the Bahá’ís?
With tolerance and unity at its core, the Bahá’í Faith is one of the world’s fastest growing new religions. Its emphasis on the divine origin of the major faiths makes it a valuable part of a religious education programme.
Bahá’ís are followers of Bahá’u’lláh, whom they believe to be the latest in an eternal series of Divine Teachers. Each Divine Teacher builds on the message of those who have gone before to take humanity forward. Bahá’ís often compare this to a child going into a new class each year at school, learning more from each new teacher.
Despite being, for most of his life, a prisoner and an exile, Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings have spread across every territory and island in the world. The Bahá’ís themselves come from a wide variety of ethnic groups and religious backgrounds.
Many of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings address in detail the problems of the modern age, and provide a framework within which these problems can be addressed.
The Bahá’í teachings focus on the development of personal virtues and can make an important contribution to pupils’ personal development and well-being. Indeed, local Bahá’í communities run virtues classes for children and also facilitate groups for junior youth (age 11 to 15) which seek to empower them to make their own positive contribution to the world.
To learn more about the Bahá’í Faith, we invite you to visit www.bahai.org.
What do we offer to schools?
Bahá’ís believe passionately in the importance of good religious education in schools and colleges. The aim of this website is to provide good quality and engaging materials for teachers to use in schools in RE or related lessons, as well as in assemblies.
On this website you will find a wealth of materials to enhance your teaching. All materials may be downloaded and freely copied, with acknowledgements as appropriate. There are also links to inexpensive books and other printed materials, which may be purchased.
Members of local Bahá’í communities are often happy to be invited to come into a school to assist you in any way that you, as a teacher, consider beneficial, for example by talking to pupils, leading an assembly or taking a lesson. If you do not already know any local Bahá’ís, please use the contact form on the School Visitors page so that we can put you in touch.
We warmly invite you to make free use of the materials on this website, and to get in touch with us for any further support you need. We would very much appreciate your feedback on the materials available. We are always striving to improve and increase materials for teachers. Please e-mail the Bahá’í RE team at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page.
We provide a range of online materials to support teachers introducing the Bahá’í Faith in the classroom. The information and resources are organised by age range, with some suitable for use across more than one Key Stage. The Classroom Resources pages also give information on how you can get hold of books, posters and other printed material.
Bahá’ís are usually very willing to visit schools and assist in lessons, take part in discussions with pupils, or lead assemblies. The School Visitors page gives you more information. We will help to match up your school with a suitable Bahá’í visitor, and can also put you in touch with colleagues who have benefited from this service.
2017 marks the first of two special bicentenary years, when Bahá’ís are commemorating the birth of the faith’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh. The Bicentenary page is frequently updated, with news of activities and events geared specifically towards schools, to help mark this special occasion.
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Ridvan is a twelve-day festival, from the 13th day of Jalal to the 5th of Jamal of the Baha’i calendar. In 2020, the first day of Ridvan is 20 April. This festival commemorates the twelve days that Bahá’u’lláh spent in the […]