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Conversation with School Director Bwambale Musubaho Robert of Kasese Humanist School (Rukoki/Muhokya/Kahendero)

2023-01-03

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/02/29

Bwambale Musubaho Robert is the School Director of the Kasese Humanist School (Rukoki/Muhokya/Kahendero). Here we talk about updates on Humanism in Uganda and the schools.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Humanism is a young movement, compared to other movements, comprised of more old people than young people. Is the case in Uganda as well?

Robert Bwambale: No, it’s a different case for Uganda, Humanism movement in Uganda is being steered by young, vibrant, courageous, determined and visionary young people instead especially those in the age bracket of 15–50 years.

Jacobsen: How does the founding of educational institutions for the young provide a solid foundation for the development of the next generations with the values of Humanism?

Bwambale: Educational institutions give chance to young people to question everything and this opens their level of thinking.

Critical thinking skills are much promoted in our institutions and this empowers young people with the potential to analyze, experiment, deduce, or research on some of the things people face or go through.

Educational institutions allow people to be informed about anything that happens, they help in fighting against ignorance.

Jacobsen: How has Kasese Humanist School shown positive effects over time in its locale?

Bwambale: Has boosted learning in areas of Rukoki, Muhokya and Kahendero where the schools are located.

Locals have managed to acquire meaningful employment as teachers and non-teachers at the schools.

There has been a shoot up in school enrollment which is a good step in our efforts of trying to combat ignorance.

Our clinics at the schools have benefitted both our parents, non-parents, staffs and children

Bringing more services to the community like extending electricity poles and water pipes to our schools of Rukoki, Muhokya and Kahendero brought those services near the people and some have added these utilities at their own homesteads.

Our students who attend our schools have attained knowledge that is mixed up with enlightenment ideas, skills empowerment, and a chance to know more about the different beliefs around the world.

Jacobsen: What have been some of the developments in the curricula since we last talked?

Bwambale: We introduced critical thinking lessons at the schools to benefit the children with resources being gathered from educational websites online.

We continue to strengthen internal workshops and drills about humanism, secularism to our staff both old and new.

Jacobsen: Who have been integral donors and supporters of Kasese Humanist School?

Bwambale: Atheist Alliance International, The Brighter Brains Institute now renamed Humanist Global charity, Humanist Canada, Swinburne University, HAAM, Victoria Humanists Australia, Kalmar Humanists Sweden, UHST — UK and several generous individuals from secular communities worldwide.

Jacobsen: What have those funds gone towards?

Bwambale: Staff salaries, purchase of computers, musical instruments, school furniture, scholastic supplies, buying more toolboxes for our vocational skills departments, House constructions at the schools, building septic tanks, water tanks, planting and care for trees and Bizoha tractor repairs.

Jacobsen: What has been seen with the educational outcomes of the pupils?

Bwambale: Our pupils are all round, they are trained to learn very many things, are knowledgeable, skilled and with a great sense of humour.

Jacobsen: How integrated are the Humanist schools with the ministry devoted to education?

Bwambale: The ministry has gone a long way accepting Humanist Schools alongside other schools in our journey of supplementing government efforts to availing education to Ugandans. We are on equal footing since we teach the national curriculum even though we spice it with vocational and humanist studies.

Jacobsen: Looking at the surrounding schools, is it, basically, a truism to assume discrimination against Humanist school students from the surrounding religious school culture and environment?

Bwambale: The discrimination of our students from the surrounding religious school culture is fading away year by year. This is attributed to the awareness and sensitization campaigns we hold to parents and other locals of the school about who we are, what we do and what we stand and advocate for.

Only a section of religious leaders and fanatics still smear our initiatives but the truth is, they are fighting a losing battle since we are innocent, clean and free of any dirt intention to derail humanity to the dark side but instead we are about enlightening the people about the goodness of appreciating humanity and what it can do to improve the world.

Jacobsen: What is the big target for 2020?

Bwambale: Improving on teachers welfare and way of living

Ensuring there is an improvement in enrollment at all our campuses

Creating more income-generating projects for schools for better sustainability.

Ensuring my schools get registration numbers with the Ministry of Education & Sports, currently, we are only a licensed entity.

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

Bwambale: It’s my pleasure and you are welcome. Thanks for this brief interview. Many thanks.

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