Baha’i Writings


2.     Human / Mental


2.3           Education & Society



2.3.1                   Education & Society – the role of society

          Everyone, whether man or woman, should hand over to a trusted person a portion of what he or she earneth through trade, agriculture or other occupation, for the training and education of children, to be spent for this purpose with the knowledge of the Trustees of the House of Justice.


            (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 89)



2.3.2                   Education & Society – Common language to communicate

            Among the things which are conducive to unity and concord and will cause the whole earth to be regarded as one country is that the divers languages be reduced to one language and in like manner the scripts used in the world be confined to a single script. It is incumbent upon all nations to appoint some men of understanding and erudition to convene a gathering and through joint consultation choose one language from among the varied existing languages, or create a new one, to be taught to the children in all the schools of the world.


            (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 165)


2.3.3                   Education & Society – Obligatory education

          Partaking of knowledge and education is one of the requisites of religion. The education of each child is obligatory. If there are no parents, the community must look after the child. It is suggested that the childless educate a child.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 26)



2.3.4                   Education & Society – The Community

            If there are no parents the community must educate the child. In addition to this widespread education each child must be taught a profession, art, or trade, so that every member of the community will be enabled to earn his own livelihood.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 83)



2.3.5                   Education & Society – Male and female

            That is to say, there must be no difference in the education of male and female in order that womankind may develop equal capacity and importance with man in the social and economic equation. Then the world will attain unity and harmony.


            (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 108)



2.3.6                   Education & Society – Masses and capcity

            "Among other teachings and principles Bahá'u'lláh counsels the education of all members of society. No individual should be denied or deprived of intellectual training although each should receive according to capacity. None must be left in the grades of ignorance, for ignorance is a defect in the human world. All mankind must be given a knowledge of science and philosophy; that is, as much as may be deemed necessary. All cannot be scientists or philosophers but each should be educated according to his needs and deserts."


('Abdu'l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace, 1982 ed., p. 108)



2.3.7                   Education & Society - Three Cardinal Principles

          First: Whole-hearted service to the cause of education, the unfolding of the mysteries of nature, the extension of the boundaries of pure science, the elimination of the causes of ignorance and social evils, a standard universal system of instruction, and the diffusion of the lights of knowledge and reality. Second: Service to the cause of morality, raising the moral tone of the students, inspiring them with the sublimest ideals of ethical refinement, teaching them altruism, inculcating in their lives the beauty of holiness and the excellency of virtue and animating them with the excellences and perfections of the religion of God. Third: Service to the oneness of the world of humanity; so that each student may consciously realize that he is a brother to all mankind, irrespective of religion or race. The thoughts of universal peace must be instilled into the minds of all the scholars, in order that they may become the armies of peace, the real servants of the body politic-the world. God is the Father of all. Mankind are His children. This globe is one home. Nations are the members of one family. The mothers in their homes, the teachers in the schools, the professors in the college, the  presidents in the universities, must teach these ideals to the young from the cradle up to the age of manhood.


         (From notes taken of talks given by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as quoted in: Star of the West, Vol. IX, p. 98)


2.3.8                   Education & Society – education of women

          "The decision-making agencies involved would do well to consider giving first priority to the education of women and girls, since it is through educated mothers that the benefits of knowledge can be most effectively and rapidly diffused throughout society. In keeping with the requirements of the times, consideration should also be given to teaching the concept of world citizenship as part of the standard education of every child."


(Universal House of Justice October 1985)