With its young people banned from public institutions of higher education in Iran since the early 1980s, the Baha’i community of Iran established BIHE in 1987. BIHE operates in private homes and through correspondence and online courses.
The Baha’i Institute for Higher Education was started in 1987 to meet the educational needs of Baha’i youth who had been systematically denied access to higher education by the Iranian government. BIHE relied heavily on extensive photocopying. In 1998, the government confiscated several large photocopying units—a large blow to the university’s operations.
“Baha’is are persecuted from cradle to grave because even Baha’i cemeteries are desecrated,” said BIC Representative Diane Ala’i. Pictured here is a Baha’i cemetery in Najafabad that was destroyed by a bulldozer in 2007.
Shadan Shirazi, a Baha’i student, took the national mathematics exam in 2014, placing 113th nationally in Iran and was nevertheless blocked from entering university.
A seal used by the authorities in Iran to prevent Baha’is from reopening their shops after closing them in observance of Baha’i holy days.