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

Parents as well as the community-at-large have a vital role to play in educating our young. Children in today’s world are exposed to countless influences that often rob them of their innocence and joy. Baha’is take their responsibility for spiritual education seriously. In Wrangell, classes are held regularly and are open to all as a collaborative effort. Prayer, stories, music, science, art, and games serve as pathways for learning about the Sacred. Lessons are based on Baha’i and other Scriptures as well as Indigenous ways of knowing, in exploring guiding principles common to all faith traditions.

One purpose is to provide opportunities for the children to recognize and practice their God-given qualities, such as truthfulness, kindness, respect, and generosity. In this way they begin to see themselves and others as noble beings. One student pondered this and remarked that if we can learn to look for the good in ourselves and one another, it would help end racism. Reflecting and acting on spiritual values in daily life, as in this instance, empowers children to live fruitful lives and contribute to the well-being of their community.

Another purpose is to strengthen bonds and ties of friendship in a way that nourishes an inclusive sense of belonging. Everyone is welcome to participate!

“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’i Writings

If you are interested in enrolling a child into a children’s class, or if you’d like to consider assisting in any way, please leave a note at our “Contact Us” page.