Bringing together parents and teachers at Katumba Parents Humanist Primary School to form a Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) was an important landmark in the school’s development. The school has chosen to place the AHA’s “10 Commitments” at the forefront of its efforts to promote Positive Humanist values in the school and wider community. The 10 Commitments adorn the front wall of the school building. Humanist schools in Uganda are finding that local people embrace this inclusive statement of Humanist values, whatever their religious or personal beliefs. The 10 Commitments are an excellent template for a good school and for a good society.*
Here is an account of the launch of Katumba Humanist School’s Parent-Teacher Association by Juma Irumba Siriwayo, the school’s Director:
“Today for sure was a joyful and interesting day in the history of the new Katumba Humanist Nursery and Primary School.
Amos Bandaliza a retired primary school head teacher was elected as our PTA committee Chair. In his acceptance speech to the parents and media team, Amos promised to ensure that academic performance and collaboration between teachers and parents were enhanced in the school.
For my part, I presented the newly-elected chairperson with the school’s Humanist values and our Humanist code of conduct, which each teacher must sign when they join the school. I thoroughly explained the implications of Katumba’s Humanist Ethos for the day-to-day conduct of teachers and children. Parents showed a great willingness to support the school’s Humanist values.
I outlined the tremendous support that Katumba had received from Uganda Humanist Schools Trust and read out a speech from Steve Hurd, Chair of UHST, who was unable to travel due to Covid restrictions. The speech explained to parents that UHST is strongly committed to building the school up to a high standard in terms of buildings, facilities, staff support, books and learning materials. Steve congratulated everyone involved with Katumba Humanist School on the progress that has been made over the past 2 years. He intends that Uganda Humanist Schools Trust will be a good friend and partner to the Katumba Community for years to come.”
*Activities for school students based on the 10 Commitments can be found on our Human Studies Resource Bank.