Posted: Tue, September 27, 2016 | By: Volunteer - Session 1
Amazingly, there are 12 humanist schools in western Uganda, all in Kasese District, within 90 minutes of each other.
Specifically, there are two in Kasese town, one in Muhokya, one in Kahendero, one in Nyakiyumbu, one in Buhanga, one in Kisinga, one in Kanyenze, and three in the small village of Kyarumba.
How did this happen? What propelled this influx of humanist thought into a remote, religious and superstitious region of the world?
Bwambale Robert Musubaho instigated the activity with the Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS), that he founded in 2009. Raised an orphan, he arrived at humanism via his own contemplation, an interior journey that he chronicles in his autobiography. The success of KHPS impelled Bwambale to launch a sister-school on the other side of town, Graham Humanist Primary School (he recently sold it to an Ugandan humanist associate).
The two freethinking academies attracted the attention of a California-based non-profit, the Brighter Brains Institute (BBI). Inspired by Bwambale, BBI launched two crowd fund campaigns in 2015 that raised enough money to build, brick-by-brick, two new humanist institutions: BiZoHa Orphanage Humanist School - “the world’s first atheist orphanage” - and Kahendero Humanist Nursery School.
Pressing ahead, BBI “converted” eight additional schools in the region to humanism, via gifts of humanitarian aid, and the persuasive appeal of the Ten Humanist Principles. Women’s collectives are especially drawn to BBI’s promotion of gender equality and support of birth control.
By June 2017, the 12 humanist schools will be ready for busloads of visitors. Humanist volunteers from around the world are encouraged to lend their assistance to the orphanage, the schools, and the clinics, serving as teachers to the young Ugandan students.
The three schools directed by Bwambale Robert Musubaho (KHPS, BiZoHa, Kahendero) will serve as the base of operations. Volunteers will lodge at the nearby Whitehouse Hotel, just 1.3 kilometers away from KHPS. From there, field trips will depart to the “rural” humanists schools; many - like Mother Givers Humanist School in the Ruwenzori Mountain foothills - can only be accessed via steep trails. Others, like Nyakiyumbu Widows Orphanage Humanist School in the banana zone, are farther west, near the Congo border.
Adventurous tours to local attractions — like Queen Elizabeth National Park, with its abundance of wildlife - are also planned on weekends, when the schools are closed.
Humanists interested in the promotion of their philosophy into the Subsaharan will find their volunteer stint fascinating “beyond belief.” Compassionate humanitarians, medical practitioners, educators, environmental science activists, and sustainable development strategists will also be gifted with a deeply rewarding experience.
To find out more about the volunteer experience, you can check out Session 1 and Session 2 itineraries, but remember - they’re 100% flexible. Bwambale Robert Musubaho and the Brighter Brains Institute want you there, whenever you can get there, and they’ll work hard to guarantee you an incredible time.
For more information you can contact BrighterBrainsInstitute@gmail.com or KaseseHumanistSchool@hotmail.com