Posted: Wed, March 08, 2017 | By: Uganda
Lily Rice - a scholar from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom - is writing her PhD dissertation on humanism in Uganda. She will be visiting and interviewing several of the humanist schools that Brighter Brains Institute is supporting.
Below are the answers that Masereka Sebastian (Secretary of Buhanga Women, the directors of Mother Givers Humanist School) provided to her questions, via email. Lily Rice is visiting Buhanga this weekend.
BBI congratulates Sebastian on his excellent answers, and valuable representation of Buhanga.
Lily Rice: How did you personally become involved in humanism/atheism?
Sebastian: I once visited BBI web site, read it and learnt a lot of things that they do and read about their principles, I realized that they are friendly and help to transform the world basing on reality. For example I realized that it is not prayers to GOD that attract rainfall but trees can.
Lily Rice: What has the reaction from the local community been to humanism?
Sebastian: Some community members think that humanism is all about fighting Christianity or religions and that humanist schools are demonic. A priest is said to have uttered that if you take a child to a humanist school, you will have attracted Satan in your home.
Lily Rice: How did you become involved in Buhonga Women?
Sebastian: Buhanga women knew me because am a son of their land, and being a social development worker, they were interested to belong to them and I agreed to help my community.
Lily Rice: How does humanism/atheism affects women and girls’ lives in particular?
Sebastian: It is developing relationship between men and women, girls and boys. Humanist are for example encouraging girls and boys to go to school and not favoring one sex. Girls are being helped to stay in school by affording them reusable sanitary pads and a girls washroom to help them manage their menstrual periods, humanism is not keeping a deaf ear to such challenges like the so called people of God or gods.
Lily Rice: How do you work with other humanists, and especially European and American organisations such as BBI?
Sebastian: BBI mobilizes for Buhanga resources to develop humanism for example funding sign posts for the public to read, build our Mother Givers Humanist School, sponsoring orphans, purchasing food for school children/lunch, giving solar light, chicken, piped water, tree planting, books to read, teachers’ salary, girl’s washrooms, water tanks, medicine for children, condoms for birth controls, and scholastic materials among others