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Critical Thinking Workshop at New Town Academy in Kaduna, Nigeria - taught by Abdulrahman Aliyu

Posted: Fri, May 11, 2018 | By: Nigeria

By Abdulrahman Aliyu

Miss Jo Ann LeQuang and Mr Scot Delong have yet again funded another BBI project in Nigeria, the Critical Thinking workshop, that I believe is very vital and significant to teach kids, especially in a religiously and superstitiously dominated society like mine.

At exactly 10am on the 11th of May 2018, I lectured both the students and a few teachers of New Town Academy in Kaduna. The workshop gives free training on the 5-step of iDoubt module design by Leo Igwe, free food during the workshop, and free materials. This is the 5th school among the thousands that are in Kaduna state that are lucky to get the Critical Thinking workshop.

The principal of the school is very excited about the whole thing, and requested to be given the ebook, so they can print it out and teach more students. But he seems a bit troubled or challenged about critiquing religion, for in his word “Religion shouldn’t be included in the method of iDoubt. Religion requires faith without questioning, ” he said.

I told him, if any subject is exempted in this process of seeking the truth, through questioning, examining, till enough evidence is attained to be accepted or discarded, shouldn’t that be enslavement ? Don’t we ought to find out the truth about religion’s declaration? He simply laughed and pretend to agree.

The workshop is challenging as always for I have to be cautious when it comes to the subject of religion, but then few student are getting to talk about their religious belief.

Lastly I can say with lots of pride that I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to make our kids question, that which they couldn’t question before. Thanks


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