Bahá’ís all over the world have been commemorating 200 years since the birth of the faith’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh, in 1817.
The celebration itself took place on 21-22 October 2017. Schools across the UK have been taking the opportunity to invite visitors from their local Bahá’í community to present assemblies and classroom sessions about Bahá’u’lláh, his life and teachings. We hope that teachers and pupils will feel inspired to research the background to this exciting event, and carry out extension activities even after the date has passed.
Another exciting bicentenary event will take place on 29 October 2019, when Bahá’ís worldwide will be celebrating 200 years since the birth of the forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, known as the Báb (meaning ‘Gate’).
Please bookmark this page for more information about this exciting event. We will update this page as new materials come online.
If you are already in contact with local Bahá’ís, they will be delighted to come into your school. Or you can fill in your school’s details on the School Visitors page and we will put you in touch.
Resources available so far to mark the first of these bicentenaries (but suitable for use at other times) include:
- an assembly on the core concept of ‘unity’ for KS1 and KS2 (Powerpoint)
- a lesson based around the life of Bahá’u’lláh for KS2 and KS3 (Powerpoint)
- a 17-minute film, Bahá’u’lláh – the Divine Physician (YouTube) designed to inform and inspire young people and encourage them to examine their own lives and capacities for service to humanity. The film is suitable for everyone from age 9, and is particularly relevant to KS3 (age 11-14). Download a flyer for the film here; and you can also request the flyer in paper form by using the contact form on this site
- notes for teachers (PDF) to support the use of the film in a classroom setting
If you are a Bahá’í and are invited to give a classroom session on the Bahá’í Faith in the context of the Bicentenary, you may like to run one of the Powerpoint presentations or show the film Bahá’u’lláh – the Divine Physician. You will find advice and ideas for activities to accompany the presentations and the film on the RE Resources page of the UK Bahá’í Downloads website (login required).
Please let Bahá’í RE know how you get on!