An Atheist Elementary School in western Uganda
By Hank Pellissier
Brighter brains institute interviewed the founder of the first atheist school in Uganda, in western Uganda, near Ruwenzori National Park - just 22 miles from the Congo border - there’s a recently established ”atheist” school, called Kasese Humanist Primary School.
Brighter Brains Institute: Are you the founder? When did you get the idea to start the school? How did you get the initial funding?
Bwambale M Robert:Yes, I am the founder of Kasese Humanist Primary School. I first founded Kasese United Humanist Association in the year 2009 with a vision to spread free thought in my area.
Atheist Alliance International was the first organization to send a team of 4 volunteers - they came to a pilot school we opened in Kilembe under the name Kilembe Valley Humanist School. This school was relocated to Kasese a year later (in 2011) to serve a wider semi-urban population. We renamed the school to be Kasese Humanist Primary School.
After their volunteers served the 3 months, Atheist Alliance International members and officers gave us startup capital to renovate the rented building properties of the railroad company where we are presently, and they provided funds to purchase classroom furniture.
The AAI Volunteers also donated funds as we were initially starting KHPS. They sponsored a number of children at the Kilembe school. One volunteer - Edan Kurzweil - remained behind after the others left, to witness the opening of Kasese Humanist Primary School.
The idea to start a school began in 2010 when I looked at better ways to promote my organization to the public, in my journey to promote free thought philosophy. I figured if we opened up a school based on science and humanist values that would take our organization to another level.
I received the initial funding from local and international sources. Locally, as a biological science graduate I had accumulated some capital. I also was invested in farming - this gave me a good start. After creating our organization I asked for free thought literature from around the world - this appeal to the international community helped people and organizations link up with me with a willingness to donate to my cause.
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