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Religious Education

Religious Education

The Bahá’í special religious education curriculum

The Baha’i special religious education program draws upon the principles and beliefs of the Baha’i faith, with a focus on the development of spiritual qualities such as justice, love and truthfulness.  The curriculum was developed by the Ruhi Institute, an educational institution dedicated to spiritual, social and cultural progress.  The material is used all around the world.  Students from all religious and cultural backgrounds participate.

Trained volunteers use stories, music, memorisation of prayers, craft and drama to teach the curriculum.

Lessons are structured around a particular spiritual quality or virtue (such as generosity, joy or kindness) with the objective being to develop students’ character.  The habits and patterns of conduct include prayer, independently seeking knowledge, living in harmony, being a good friend, service and consultation.

In later grades, lessons are focused on the understanding of the unity of all faiths; to deepen the knowledge of the lives and teachings of God’s Manifestations (divine teachers, such as Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad and Baha’u’llah) and his love for mankind.   It is hoped that students will see the connection between the knowledge of God through his Manifestations, and the habits of praiseworthy conduct.

Creating a thirst for knowledge in students and nurturing their capacity to independently search after truth is one of the foremost aims of the program.   Baha’i classes do not seek to indoctrinate students; on the contrary, the volunteer creates an environment to awaken in them a quest for knowledge and an open attitude towards learning.  Opportunities are provided in each class for reflection on the application of spiritual laws to their own life, and the application of these understandings to community life.

Curriculum support

 

Bahai curriculum
http://det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/religiouseducation/detcms/navigation/special-religious-education/bahai-curriculum/

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