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Founder of the Kasese United Humanist Association on humanist curricula and educators

2022-12-15

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/05/12

Robert Bwambale is the founder of the Kasese United Humanist Association (KUHA) with “the goal of promoting Freethought in Uganda.” The association is affiliated with the extremely active Uganda Humanist Association (UHA). In March, the UHA held a conference in Kampala whose theme was Humanism For a Free and Prosperous Africa. The Kasese United Humanist Association is a member organization in the IHEYO Africa Working Group, and has participated in humanist conferences. He is also the director of a few primary schools set up to encourage a humanistic method of learning.

Jacobsen: How does a humanist education work for young pupils?

Robert Bwambale: Humanist education empowers young people with critical thinking skills which allows them to think, ask and analyze questions and answers among themselves.

Jacobsen: What are the core mandates of humanist educational institutions?

Bwambale:

· Welcome children of all beliefs.

· We do not indoctrinate our learners to anything whether humanism, atheism or to any particular belief.

· We tolerate people’s beliefs after all what brings us together is to offer knowledge to the pupils.

· We are not a place of worship but a center for knowledge.

· There is deep respect of people’s human right freedoms, no to corporal punishments, homophobia.

· We observe secular holidays and stipulated national holidays.

· There is no discrimination of any nature whether on race, color, sex, religion or tribe.

· We teach the national curriculum as stipulated by the Uganda government but spice it with humanism to enlighten the masses on who we are.

Jacobsen: How are religion and science taught in those classroom environments?

Bwambale: Religion education as per our curriculum is taught basing on Christianity or Islam, so our students are required to take one side to study and normally the majority learn Christianity. Here our teachers cover all the course units as specified.

On a different note we inform our pupils that these two are not the only religions under the sun, so we expose to them other religions as well. What we need in this is that we want them to know that there exists scores of religions both foreign and indigenous ones.

We dig deeper in religions and sometimes we do have debates or seminars on beliefs and why we think people believe.

Jacobsen: What makes a good humanist educator?

Bwambale: Must be honest, committed, tolerant, transparent, determined, passionate and ready to serve in educating the people.

A good educator should mind a lot about the needs and welfare of his staffs.

A good educator should be able to help over-burdened parents, needy or vulnerable children.

Jacobsen: For young people who want to enter into the humanist education, what should they bear in mind in terms of their post-secondary education oriented towards the teaching professions?

Bwambale: I think it would be a great experience to those who would want to attain more knowledge about humanist education to study in some of the humanist schools we have in Uganda. This will expose them to the alternate mind which they can copy to equip them with ideas about appreciating the goodness of human potential and effort in making this world a better place.

Young people should first of all accept to learn, question, act, and serve.

Young people should accept that we are in a changing world and that science advancement and technology can enlighten us more about the known and unknown.

Young people should know about the dangers posed by religious bigotry and how it manipulates and instill fear, hate and division among humanity.

Young people should try as much as they can to take deeper interest in learning more about humanist values and how best they can incorporate them in what they learnt in colleges.

Jacobsen: ​How can people get in touch with you?​

Bwambale: I am available on facebook https://www.facebook.com/bwambale.robert

My cell phone: +256700468020

Email: kasesehumanistschool@hotmail.com

Mailing address: Kasese Humanist School , P.O.Box 58 Kasese — Uganda.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Robert.

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