This page contains useful web links for teachers,
students and Humanist supporters.
This website has been created by Steve Hurd, Chair of Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, for the Humanist Schools in Uganda and others who find the content useful. The Trust raises funds to support education in the Humanist Schools in Uganda. There are currently 12 such schools. We have been able to provided substantial funds to only 3 of these, and smaller amounts for learning support to two more.
If you wish to know more about our work, please click the heading above. Should you wish to help us to raise funds to provide more help to the Humanist Schools or wish to make a personal donation then please click this link: make a donation. If you are one of the Humanist Schools in Uganda and wish to apply for funds for a specific purpose then please check out our grant making policy.
The materials on this website are there to help teachers in the Humanist Schools to teach children about Humanism and to apply Humanist Values to looking at some of the challenges facing humankind. We do hope, however, that Humanist teachers and other liberal-minded teachers and students in schools around Uganda, Africa and the world will find the materials interesting and useful and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements and additions.
The American Humanist Association website contains a wealth of material about the philosophy of Humanism. It has created a dedicated website, Centre for Education, with information and online courses for young people and older, who wish to learn more about Humanism.
Subject Teaching Materials
The BBC website has a large volume of teaching materials, many of which are designed for self-directed learning by the students.
To navigate the site, first choose a level:
Primary, Secondary or Post-16.
There are different curricula for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. So, if you are looking for a lesson on a particular topic, you might need to browse all 4 sections.
Choose from the levels listed below, then choose the subject and browse the topics to find a lesson.
Primary, which has 3 levels:
Foundation Level: Primary 1 and 2
Key Stage 1: Primary 3 and 4
Key Stage 2: Primary 5 to 7
Secondary, which has 2 levels:
Key Stage 3: Senior 1 and 2
GCSE: Senior 3 and 4 (UCE level)
NOTE: At secondary level in the UK, there are a number of different examination boards each with their own syllabus specifications. If you are looking for something specific, browse through all the exam specifications.
If you have access to a computer room, or a single laptop (connected to the internet using a mobile phone) and data projector then you will find many short videos on different topics on the BBC Teach website.
If you are looking for health information and advice, then the following websites contains valuable information on:
Keeping Fit – Eat Well, Healthy Weight, Exercise, Sleep and Tiredness, Sexual Health, Alcohol Support, Quit Smoking, 5 steps to Mental Wellbeing.
Health A to Z – with advice on specific illnesses.
Emergency First Aid – The Red Cross website has advice on First Aid. It also has a First Aid app, which can be downloaded to mobile phones.
Relationships and Sex Education – The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have produced a set of sensitively thought out lessons, suitable for different age groups. The BBC also has some good video resources.
Talking About STDs – This straightforward guide to sexually transmitted diseases was written for parents in the USA. Teachers in Uganda will find the information useful but they may wash to adapt the delivery to take into account local sensitivities and what the circumstances of the lives of the young people they are teaching.
UCAR Center for Science Education – This site has some great materials on all aspects of science education. The section on Climate provides excellent background on the Earth’s atmosphere and global warming.
Cultivating Environmental Awareness in Schools – This website gives a simple introduction to the environmental challenges that the world is facing:
- climate change
- global warming
- water scarcity
with a few practical tips on how schools could encourage children to engage with the issues.
Climate Change Resources for Schools – Lots of ideas for kids and schools, from WWF, on how to join the battle against climate change.
Climate Kids – An interactive website from NASA to teach children about the atmosphere and climate change.
These allow you to follow the news in Uganda. They also have special features on such things as Ugandan History, and developments in farming and industry. The main English language newspapers are:
New Vision – the government newspaper
Daily Monitor– an independent newspaper
Observer – a weekly newspaper
The East African – a Kenyan based weekly covering East Africa
New African – a magazine covering pan-African news
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia has useful entries on Ugandan History:
‘All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason.
There is nothing higher than reason.’