Uganda’s new Freethinker Library will help free kids minds
IT’S a lamentable fact that millions of children in Africa are exposed from an early age to Christian propaganda in the form of faith-based learning programmes and truckloads of religious tracts and books brought into the country by missionaries under the guise of ‘foreign aid’.
This from Wikipedia:
Critics question the mingling of economic, health, or other types of aid with the motivation of religious development groups, nearly all of which are Christian. They allege that staff and supporters of these organizations often seek conversions and threaten indigenous beliefs and cultural practices.
Defenders credit Christian development and missionary groups for reaching people like no other groups can, due to historical networks, such as Africa’s churches, and providing top quality services, often in health and education.
Some, however, consider faith-based foreign aid to be a modern-day extension of religious colonialism, with morality often dangerously mixed with critical development concerns, especially global health education, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, economic security and other issues.
One example of an organisation that promotes Christian superstition among Africans is called Love has Feet, and it says on its website, alongside the picture above:
Africa has the lowest literacy rate in the world. We are working on launching a literacy program aimed at teaching illiterate adults and children alike how to read proficiently. Based on Literacy and Evangelism International’s training module, this is a Bible-based literacy program whose end goal is instructing readers to read and understand the Word of God.
While conceding that literacy will raise the standard of living in non-religious ways, its makes clear that the primary aim of its programme is to indoctrinate children and adults:
Through improving literacy we will provide the ability to read the Bible while simultaneously improving the quality of live and income opportunities for the people.
In a small step to combat these nonsensical and frankly dangerous faith-based programmes, the Freethinker, working in partnership with the Brighter Brains Institute, has launched a campaign to provide Kanungu Humanist School with library books and other educational resources.
This impoverished school of 146 students in southwest Uganda has only a tiny collection of old books, as the photo indicates, and it is our aim to raise $600.00 (about £460.00) to equip The Freethinker Library.
This money will be used to provide:
• 48 text books
• Humanism books
• A black board set
• Two tables
• Two benches
If you would like to help fund this initiative which has the potential to expand dramatically please follow this link. Donations can be made in increments of $10.00.
Recently I brought readers’ attention to the Institute’s Tilapia Pond fundraiser, and am delighted to report that the target of $1,500.00 was exceeded by $50.00, thanks to those who gave so generously.