The Bahá'ís of Stratford-upon-Avon
Classes are held regularly for the spiritual and moral education of children. Below are details of the community school which has been running in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1987.
"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."Bahá'u'lláh
Thomas Breakwell School
The Thomas Breakwell School, Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of a network of Bahá'í community schools throughout the country. This school has been established in Stratford since 1987, with the aim of providing a moral and religious foundation for the children of the South Midlands. It offers classes for children of ages 2 to 18 years old; it also offers an adult class. It is open to children from all backgrounds and religions. Over the years, there has been a unique mix of cultures from Alaskan to Persian, English to Scottish, with visitors from the Canadian Arctic, South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Scottish and Faeroe Islands.
The school is based on the principles of the Bahá'í Faith:
It teaches the oneness of God, the common Source of all religions. It emphasises the unity of mankind, while celebrating individual diversities and the children are taught the equality of peoples regardless of gender, race, religion, status or nationality.
It teaches the Laws of God, and encourages the development of both inner and outer perfections, of knowledge and skills, wisdom, spiritual perception and eloquent speech
The children are taught to have an unconditional positive regard for all and promote, through both words and by example, a sense of reverence for God; and respect for self, others, and the environment as well as an understanding of the important relationship between all living things.
It promotes the vision of world peace based on justice and unity, and encourages the attitudes and skills necessary for each individual child to contribute to society. The children leave the school with a strong value base, an upright character and a sense of purpose - to be world citizens helping to bring about an ever advancing civilisation.
During class times a varied and stimulating programme is arranged for the parents (and other adults) who wish to attend.
To find out more about adult classes, click here
The Thomas Breakwell School, Stratford, is currently held at the Saltway Centre, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon. School meets every Sunday morning during normal school term times. It starts at 10.30am with an assembly. There is a break at 11.30am for 20 minutes and school ends at 12.45pm.
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Thomas Breakwell discovered the Baha'i Faith in 1901, and was the first Englishman to recognise Bahá'u'lláh. He became a passionate believer - "He was like a blazing light" - but was to succumb to TB in 1902. He is buried in Paris.
'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Son of Bahá'u'lláh and Exemplar of His Father's teachings, said of Thomas Breakwell: "The fervour and the faith of this young man were so sublime in character that his blessed name shall ring through centuries, and shall be remembered with deep affection in many chronicles."