Children are the most precious resource a community has. Bahá'ís believe that moral and values-based training for children are essential in order to nurture these capacities. Thus, Bahá'í communities worldwide sponsor virtue education classes for children of all backgrounds. The classes seek to develop essential virtues such as generosity, honesty and kindness. They aim to build a strong moral framework that will assist children to achieve excellence in material, intellectual, health and moralistic aspects of life. All children are welcome to these classes, and no child participates without the approval of his or her parents. Providing spiritual education for children has long been an element of the culture of the Bahá’í community. In neighbourhoods across the UK, including in Solihull, Bahá’ís and their friends offer moral education classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children, complementing the education they receive at school.
Much like a young tree, children will grow and develop in whatever way they are trained and according to the influences they experience. The classes encourage children to recognise their own nobility and the inherent nobility of their friends. The children acquire knowledge and moral capacities which they can integrate into their everyday lives. Lessons are catered for children at around the ages of 5 to 10 years and normally run for around 1.5 hours. All children are welcome to these classes, and no child participates without the approval of his or her parents. These classes include short lessons, activities to build social skills and friendships, drama, songs, music, games, stories that illustrate virtues like love, kindness, generosity, and art and music.