The Baha'is of DC are dedicated to fostering the moral and spiritual development of children and youth in the District of Columbia through a series of regular classes held throughout the city.
"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." - Baha'u'llah
The children’s classes encourage children to recognize their own nobility and the inherent nobility of their classmates. The children acquire knowledge and spiritual capacities which they can integrate into their everyday lives.
Youth are encouraged to develop a strong sense of purpose, empowering their own transformation and leading them to contribute to the advancement of society. Young people’s spiritual capacity, the basis for their own happiness and sense of well-being, is a powerful force for social change.
There are classes are held every Sunday at the DC Baha'i Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to the classes held at the Baha’i Center, there are also neighborhood children’s classes.
The Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh form the basis of these classes and introduce the Bahá'í Teachings and those of other Messenger's of God to foster a fully united, just and peaceful world.
The Writings of the Bahá'í Faith affirm that spiritual education is at the heart of an educational process that leads to the elevation and transformation of the human spirit. It is through the conscious effort of loving families, combined with a systematic offering of classes based upon the guidance that has been given to humanity by a loving God, that the spiritual development of children can be nurtured and developed. Hundreds of communities offer children's Bahá'í classes in the United States, and many local classes are offered weekly throughout the school year. Children's classes are also offered at national and regional schools across the country.