Participating in the Discourses of Society

In their efforts to contribute to the well-being of society, Bahá’ís are generally trying to engage in meaningful conversations, at university forums, in the workplace, and in their neighborhoods.

On an official level, the Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs (BOPA) represents the South African Bahá’í community in its relationships with government, civil society, the interfaith community and the media. Central to the work of the Office of Public Affairs is to contribute to the development of a unified, just and equal society through advancing thought and public dialogue on matters related to social progress. In its collaboration with individuals and organisations, guided by an ethos of loving collaboration, a sense of justice and openness to investigating truth, the BOPA aims to stimulate a consultative process in a range of social spaces.

Discourse on the role of Youth in Society (1)

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The Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs welcomes collaboration with those in society who have a keen interest in the progress of South Africa. The hope is that through collective dialogue, unity of thought is advanced, and solutions for the way forward arise. Below are a few questions that BOPA is exploring to assist their understanding of this discourse.


What is the media saying about youth in South Africa?


How do youth perceive their role in society?


What are the questions that society wants to understand about youth in South Africa?


What is understood by meaningful contribution to the progress of our country?

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What opportunities are present in society for youth to contribute to the country’s progress?


Is there coherence between the conversations at national level and the government’s vision for the youth in South Africa?


What factors inhibit youth from being actively involved in their community?

“No man can attain his true station except through his justice. No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation.” — Bahá’u’lláh

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