East London Humanists donate educational book to every primary school in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 February 2017

Chamber of Commerce Toy Donation at the West Ham ground. Paul Kaufman

Chamber of Commerce Toy Donation at the West Ham ground. Paul Kaufman


Primary schools across Redbridge are set to receive a crate of books aiming to teach pupils all about a unique philosophy.

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is a national charity promoting Humanism – the use of empathy and science instead of religious creed – and represents the non-religious in Britain.

Local Humanists have formed the East London Humanist Group (ELHG).

Starting this week after a successful crowdfundng campaign, the ELHG are distributing What is Humanism? to schools across east London to try and spread the word about their own spiritual and moral beliefs.

Michael Rosen, co-author, said: “Millions of people in this country and all over the world work out their philosophy of life, and how to live, without referring to religion.

“Schools quite rightly spend a good deal of time and effort exploring the ideas and philosophies of the world’s great religions, but the ideas of humanism, secularism, and atheism are largely ignored.

“The mismatch between what is believed and what is taught is surely wrong.”

Along with fellow co-author Annemarie Young, Michael claims the book opens up a discussion about what humanism is, and how people live their lives as humanists.

“Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to ask questions, in order to help them think for themselves and thus to counter prejudice,” he said.

Paul Kaufman, ELHG chairman said more needed to be done to help schools reflect today’s society.

He said: “We live in an increasingly diverse as well increasingly non-religious society, and this means it’s right that more schools teach about mainstream non-religious values and ethics.

“That means teaching about Humanism alongside the wide variety of religious traditions.”

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