Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Students of Kasese Humanist Primary School: Kunihira Anifar

KHPS student Kunihira Anifar, 13
Some students over at the Kasese Humanist Primary School have written letters about Humanism and the school they attend. So, over the next few weeks, I'll post them for you.

If you're new to this blog, you may wonder why students at a Ugandan school are writing me letters. Well, they're not really for me but readers of this blog along with all the many donors who have helped the school along over the last few years! Chicken coops, new land and electrical hookups have all been funded thanks to your help!

As I've mentioned before, a new school is currently under construction to help better serve students and the community. See how I shamelessly plug my fundraiser?

Hopefully these letters will directly communicate what a difference this school is making in the lives of children. In a week or two, I may also have some letters from parents who might go into some of the economic and community benefits of the school as well.

So, here's the first letter from 13 year old Kunihira Anifar. It's in the form of a kind of poem or anthem for the school, complete with refrain Humanist! Humanist! Humanist!
Humanist! Humanist! Humanist!
What a good school is this! 
My name is Kunihira Anifar.
I am in P7 class. I have 13 years old and I was born in 2000.
I go to school at Kasese Humanist Primary School.
Oh humanist it is a good school. It was introduced by (?) 
Humanist! Humanist! Humanist!
How good are you 
You give us knowledge.
You give us a logo badge.
You have good teachers like Director, head teacher and other fellow teachers. 
I like studying science, english, math and humanism. 
We learn humanism on Wednesday. 
Humanist! Humanist! Humanist!
Oh a wonderful school is this! 
We study humanism in order to know how living things
and non living things are made. And humanist means
being a rational human being.
Humanist is a freethinking school,  a school with freedom
I like my school humanist. We say with science we can progress so come and join us.
Here's the original letter which I very likely mis-transcribed somehow.

I think a couple of things are worth mentioning even if I'm sure most people probably get it.

First off, remember this letter was written by a twelve year old who may not be a native English speaker (she mentions taking English class and her region appears to speak Bantu dialects). So keep this in mind.

Secondly, some may not appreciate Anifar's thankfulness at having a school uniform. It's probably a pretty big deal in a community where some children may not own very many if any nice clothing of their own.

Anyway, I'll post another next Wednesday!

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