Posted: Sat, March 25, 2017 | By: Kasese Humanist Secondary School
Atheist Community of San Jose recently provided funds to Kasese Humanist Secondary School to build a classroom in their name.
Here’s an update on how the classroom is used, and how the new school is progressing.
Questions were asked by
Lyn Chiu: Can you let me know about the current attendance and enrollment (how many students served at KHSS?),
Bwambale Robert Musubaho: We have 7 children in total and are conducting senior one Class.
Lyn Chiu: Can you tell me about the KHSS teachers and their subjects?
Bwambale Robert Musubaho: The Secondary school has a total of 6 dedicated professional teachers who teach a total of 16 subjects which are listed as below:
- English literature
- Humanist studies
- Computer skills
- Vocational skills subjects: Tailoring, Carpentry & Fine art.
Lyn Chiu: What are your short term goals for KHSS and our classroom?
Bwambale Robert Musubaho: 1) Ensure our learners get knowledge to help them in future, 2) To generate children who have a free mind, 3) To have our students grow up with an element of free thought, skeptism and ready to question everything, 4) To generate learners who are committed to understanding more about humanism/Atheism who in turn have a great passion to pass this information to other people in our communities.
About the short term goals for the Atheist community of San Jose classroom is to beautify that classroom as in painting it allover with different colors both inside and outside the classroom.
Lyn Chiu: What are the challenges that you face?
Bwambale Robert Musubaho:
- Poor fees payment by some local parents
- Limited finance resources.
- Some students from less fortunate homes do go hungry some days studying on empty stomachs.
- Misconceptions from a section of locals who are enemies of developmet who utter out misguided statements.
- Limited number of enrollment.
- low salary offered to the teachers.
- Some students come from poor families and some fail to meet costs for school.
Lyn Chiu: What’s the current use for the classroom (storage, workshops, meetings, classes, etc?)
Bwambale Robert Musubaho: The Atheist Community of San Jose classroom has a capacity to shelter 50 - 60 students. The classroom has been used as a learning space, venue for secondary school meetings, social hours and debating venue.
Lyn Chiu: Also what are people’s reactions to our classroom and it’s sign? Do people know what an “Atheist” is? Where San Jose is?
Bwambale Robert Musubaho: The locals have no problem with the ACSJ Classroom sign on the classroom, few or none of the parents understand the meaning of Atheist & Sanjose. We sometimes explain to them what actually these words on the signs mean.
We plan to paint the structure by buying a final color to beautify the building in our attempts to ensure our learners study in a conducive environment.
Bwambale M Robert
(Rukoki / BiZoHa Muhokya/ BiZoHa Kahendero)
P.O.Box 58 Kasese - Uganda