IN the scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith it is stated that, “Every child is potentially the light of the world and at the same time its darkness; wherefore must the question of education be accounted as of primary importance.”
Though most of society tends to view the youth as problematic, lazy and troublesome, what Bahá’ís see in these young people is altruism, an inherent sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the world, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better society.
Bahá’ís throughout the world are working with friends to put in place a programme for the spiritual empowerment of junior youth. This rapidly spreading programme is open to young people aged between 11 and 14, of every religious or non-religious background; it assists and guides them through this crucial stage in their lives.
The programme helps junior youth form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the wellbeing of their communities and the world at large. By developing their spiritual qualities, their moral character, their power of expression as well as their intellectual capabilities and thus their ability to serve society, these citizens of the future come to see that they can help bring about positive change in the world.
My name is Shabnam. I am 14 years-old, a member of the Bahá’í community in Solihull, and I take part in a “Junior Youth” group with my school friends which is run by my mum.
Our group has been operating for around two and a half years and during this time, we have undertaken a variety of service projects including washing cars for a nursing home; helping at another care home; sending Christmas boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Most recently, we took part in some conservation work in Bills Wood near Hall Green.
In short, the aim of the Bahá’í community is to fill these vessels to the brim so that the world may be filled with light and not plunged into darkness.
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