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||Shoghi Effendi announced the Africa Campaign (1951-1953) in a cable to the British National Convention. [BW12:52; UD245–6]
The British community was to lead the campaign supported by the Bahá’ís of the United States and Egypt. [UD245]
The object was to open the Faith to three countries, Gold Coast, Tanganyika and Uganda. Shoghi Effendi termed it "the first International collaboration plan in Bahá'í history. (CG157, 159]
For the objectives of the campaign see UD245–6.
For the importance of the enterprise see UD260–3.
The plan was to be launched after a year’s respite but the British Bahá’ís begin to implement the plan immediately. [CB317]
At the time of the Campaign there was "...since the days of the Blessed Beauty and up to the early 1950s, the activities of the friends in Africa had produced the formation of one National Spiritual Assembly with its seat in Cairo, Egypt, the opening of 12 countries to the light of the Faith, and some 50 localities established throughout its vast lands. It was at such a time that the beloved Guardian ushered in the first African Teaching Plan" [Message from the Universal House of Justice To the Friends gathered at the Bahá’í International Conference at Lagos dated
19 August, 1982
; The UK Bahá'í Journal/History]
The first to arise for the Campaign was Claire Gung who departed from England on the Warwick Castle on the 3rd of January, 1951 bound for Tanganyika. [CG13, 26]
||Africa; United Kingdom; United States; Egypt
||Teaching Plans; Africa Campaign; Claire Gung
||Several National Spiritual Assemblies-Britain, Egypt, India, Iran and the United States, join forces in their first collaborative teaching effort called the Africa Campaign (1951-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46, BBRSM158, MBW135-140]
See also UD261 for the significance of the Africa Campaign.
See Bahá'í Communities by Country:
Research Notes by Graham Hassall for further details of the Plan.
||Africa; United Kingdom; United States; Egypt; India; Iran
||Teaching Plans; Africa Campaign