Saturday, 28 September 2013

Pathfinder Updates From Kasese Humanist School in Uganda!

KHPS student Kamanzi has attended the school for the
entirety of its four years. He is one of their top performers.
Just wanted to take a short break from my weekend of catch-up housework to direct all of you to an excellent blog posts by Pathfinder Conor Robinson, who is currently staying in Uganda and helping out at the Kasese Humanist Primary School!

Phnom Penh to Kasese: journal excerpts from the first week in Africa

I'd also like to take this opportunity to plug my fundraiser campaign to help build new classrooms for the school on newly acquired land. I promise to stop plugging it as soon as we make our goal!

Conor mentions the land in his excerpts!
After breakfast, we traveled to the nine acre plot of land intended for the permanent KHPS site. It is magnificent. The slopes of Mt. Rwenzori form a backdrop to the acreage, and a river fed by the glaciers in the mountain provides a natural boundary on one side. The other three sides are bounded by fruit trees – mango, guava, jackfruit, and avocado.
He also comments about some of the different living conditions.
This is where Pathfinders Project truly begins. Limited running water, limited electricity, limited internet access. No choice but to fully engage with ourselves, each other, and Uganda. Then, of course, there is the pit latrine, a.k.a. squat toilet. It is a 4 inch by 4 inch hole flanked by two raised foot-shaped platforms in the cement. We are all worried about our aim.
Conor also comments on the excellent work the school is doing at building bridges - even with local religious people. It is truly bringing a rational Secular Humanist approach to life to a country that is dominated by religion without alienating religious students and (predominantly) religious parents.
It was refreshing to see that KHPS is succeeding in encouraging skepticism and scientific thinking in a country where all government schools are religious and where, even though there is no official state religion, questions of belief dominate politics and policy. It was also refreshing to see that the religious students at KHPS are not alienated. Regardless of belief, the school challenges students to justify the claims they make, and the students do the same for each other.
Go check out his blog and the other Pathfinder blogs too!

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