The 2022 Prize of a Spanish Association has been awarded to the Iranian Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education


Translation by Iran Press Watch

The Bahá’í Institute for Higher Learning was established in 1987 to provide facilities for Bahá’í education

Reports indicate that the 2022 prize of the Spanish association “Liberpress” has been awarded to the Iranian Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education.

The Liberpress Association declared that the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) deserved the 2022 award for its “commendable efforts to provide higher education to thousands of young Baha’is deprived of education in their country of origin”.

The 2022 Liberpress Prize was awarded jointly to the Bahai Institute for Higher Education and Kianoush Ramezani, a human rights cartoonist.

Since 1999, this prize has been awarded annually to institutions, organizations and individuals who have worked to deepen the culture of solidarity, shared responsibility and human values.

The Baha’i Institute for Higher Learning is an informal educational institution in Iran that was established in 1987 by the Baha’is to provide facilities for the education of their children.

In recent years, many Baha’is have been arrested and sent to prison for teaching and studying at this university, and for this reason official classes are not held at this university.

The students of this university are self-taught and only office hours take place at the homes of the volunteers, to answer all questions.

The Islamic Republic does not recognize the Baha’i Faith as a “divine religion” and its followers, in addition to being denied rights such as college education and government jobs, are still subject to arrest and prosecution for various charges.

In recent years, the exclusion of Baha’is from school has spread to other areas.

In September this year, after it was reported that a high school in Semnan had refused to enroll a student because he was “Bahá’í”, Iran’s Minister of Education said: “If students declare that they practice other religions than the official religions of the country, and this declaration is somehow considered as a form of propaganda, their education in schools is not allowed.

Such comments are made when according to Article 30 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “the government is obliged to provide free educational and developmental facilities to the whole nation until the end of the year. ‘secondary school”.


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