Advancing in Baha’i-inspired Education, by SONA FARID-ARBAB

In order to advance significantly in Bahá’í-inspired education, we need to keep in mind Bahá’u’lláh’s extraordinary vision of the human being who will walk this earth in the fullness of time. While being respectful of accomplishments in the field of education, we need to remember that in its present state, it is incapable of cultivating such an individual. Humbled by the realization of the magnitude of the work ahead, a growing number of us, together with other like-minded individuals, have to labor in diverse cultural and ecological settings, identifying educational needs, developing elements of a coherent pedagogy, and creating a series of teaching-learning experiences in which these elements are given practical expression. The experience of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is offered as an example of an endeavor to advance Bahá’í-inspired education in which modest contributions accumulate and lead to significant progress.

Si nous voulons véritablement progresser dans le domaine de l’éducation d’inspiration
bahá’íe, nous devons garder à l’esprit cette vision extraordinaire qu’avait Bahá’u’lláh de ce que deviendra l’être humain ici-bas dans la plénitude des temps. Tout en respectant les réalisations accomplies, souvenons-nous que le système d’éducation actuel n’est pas en mesure d’engendrer un tel être humain. Prenant humblement conscience de l’ampleur du travail à accomplir, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à collaborer avec d’autres personnes animées des mêmes valeurs et à œuvrer dans divers contextes écologiques et culturels pour cerner les besoins en matière d’éducation, mettre au point les éléments d’une pédagogie cohérente et créer une série d’expériences d’enseignement/apprentissage qui permettent de concrétiser ces divers éléments. L’expérience du programme d’autonomisation spirituelle des pré-jeunes est présentée comme exemple d’une démarche pédagogique d’inspiration bahá’íe dans laquelle de modestes contributions s’accumulent et mènent finalement à d’importants progrès.

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INTERVENTION OVERVIEW: Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System), also known as SAT (late 1970s– present), which was designed by the local Colombian nongovernmental organization named the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences (Fundación para la Aplicación y Enseñanzas de las Ciencias, FUNDAEC), provides alternative lower- and upper-secondary education to rural youth in a way that integrates relevant theory and practice so that they can continue to work on their agricultural pursuits and livelihoods. The program’s trained tutors use a “learning-by-doing” methodology, such as learning mathematics and science in the context of agricultural innovation, to promote rural education and community development in marginalized communities. SAT is grounded in Baha’i principles, and it emphasizes civic engagement, social justice, and female empowerment, in addition to academic skills. SAT is accredited and recognized by governments in Colombia and Honduras, which enables graduates to continue on to attend a university or get jobs that require secondary degrees.