Bahá'í Development Projects: A Global Process of LearningA tangible expression of Bahá'í efforts to promote constructive change in the life of society is found in the various social and economic activities of Bahá'í communities around the world. For the most part, these activities are very simple initiatives that take place at the grassroots level. They are noteworthy not for their scope or scale, but rather for the new concepts and fresh approaches they utilize to unlock the moral and creative capabilities of individuals and communities.
Bahá'í development activities are initiated either by Bahá'í administrative institutions or by individuals or groups. Together, these activities contribute to a global process of learning about a Bahá'í approach to social and economic development. They presently fall into three general categories.
|Table 1: Bahá'í Projects According to Level of Complexity by Continent|
|?|| Category 1
| Category 2
| Category 3
A Bahá'í tutorial school in Paraguay. From their earliest years, Bahá'í children are encouraged to develop their moral and intellectual capacities.
Global CampaignsWhile most projects begin at the local level this does not exclude the possibility of action at higher levels. In recent years, the Bahá'í community has initiated global campaigns in the areas of literacy , primary health care training, and the advancement of women . Projects are now underway in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The campaigns attempt to draw on certain approaches and methodologies to development that have proven effective in different social contexts and seek to adapt such knowledge to a wider range of communities. In some cases, these initiatives have involved collaboration with national governments and international agencies. The campaigns demonstrate the potential for widespread implementation of development programs throughout the global network of Bahá'í communities.
|Table 2: Number of Bahá'í Schools by Continent|
|?|| Tutorial Schools
||Total # of Academic Schools|
*The total number of academic schools does not include tutorial schools.