Bahá’ís believe Bahá’u’lláh to be The Manifestation of God & Bab as the forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh. The faith began with the mission to establish unity of mankind,establishing world peace. Bahá’u’lláh appointed his son Abbas Effendi ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as his successor in his Will and Testament. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was supposed to carry forward his father’s teachings and values.‘Abdu’l-Bahá further appointed his grandson Shoghi Effendi to be his successor in his Will,as he himself had no son. After the death of the last Guardian Shoghi Effendi, the responsibility of propagating and protecting the faith was given to The Universal House of Justice, a nine-membered body elected by Bahá’ís. UHJ is located in Haifa, Israel. UHJ is the highest authority over Bahá’ís worldwide & looks after the administrative affairs of the Faith. All the current activities worldwide are the initiative and under the guidance of UHJ.
IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
“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.”
The following sentences are drawn from a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the world in 2000. The full text of the letter can be read on the Bahá’í Reference Library.
“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity.”
— The Universal House of Justice
From the above quotes,it is very clear that education holds a very high regards in Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’ís see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realized, children need to receive spiritual nourishment. In a world where the joy and innocence of childhood can be so easily overwhelmed by the aggressive pursuit of materialistic ends, the moral and spiritual education of children assumes vital importance.
The Bahá’í community at every level is highly sensitized to the need to respond to the spiritual aspirations of the young, and older youth are typically anxious to take responsibility for the development of those around them younger than themselves. Educational activities for children, then, are often among the first to multiply in a community.
Based on the above importance of education merged with spiritual inspirations, Bahá’í Faith have established many institutions worldwide which impart moral values along with education,moral values being the need of an hour.