Search

Book for young atheists sent to secondary schools in Newham

10:05 28 April 2014

Alom Shaha, author of the Young Atheist

Alom Shaha, author of the Young Atheist's Handbook Photo: BHA

Archant

A book about atheism that offers a non-religious perspective on life has been sent to secondary schools in Newham.

Copies of The Young Atheist’s Handbook were sent out on April 24 as part of a national campaign by the British Humanist Association.

The campaign was launched in response to Education Secretary Michael Gove’s pledge to send a copy of the King James Bible to all schools.

The book was written by science teacher Alom Shaha about his childhood in a Bangladeshi Muslim community in south east London which explores how the early death of his mother led him to question his belief in God.

The project was funded by donations from supporters across the country to the BHA, which hopes the book will ensure pupils have resources that allow them to make their own decisions about their values and beliefs.

Paul Kaufman, chair of East London Humanists, said: “We’re sure the book will be of use to teachers and youngsters from all backgrounds, who want to explore how people who are not religious find meaning and purpose in their lives, and make a positive contribution to our local community.

“There is plenty on offer already for young people with a religious background in Newham. But we felt that books from a non-religious perspective like this one were sorely lacking from school libraries.”

Alom Shaha, the author of the book, said: “I hope young people in Newham reading my story will like it because it makes them think more deeply about their own beliefs and experiences.”

He added: “I’m not trying to turn anyone into an atheist or against their faith. I’m simply encouraging them to think about what they believe and why.”

What do you think about the idea? Write to us at adam.barnett@archant.co.uk or call 0208 477 3886.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:45
Representatives from What You Do Matters with the shoeboxes

Supporters of What You Do Matters have helped the organisation smash their Toy Appeal target by collecting 339 shoeboxes full of gifts.

Yesterday, 11:40
Young patients at the Royal London Hospital receive their gifts. From left:  Rhyanne Gasper, 14, from Newham, Naeem Agbongbon, 8, from Ockenden, Essex, Eron Ufuah, 9, from Canning Town, and Harshika Partheepan, 4 months, from Newbury Park, with volunteers from the Kindness Offensive Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Children being treated in hospital over Christmas received hundreds of gifts in a surprise visit by well-wishers.

Royal London Hospital
Yesterday, 11:19
The cellar in Betty's old house where she cowered as a child

From the baby-sized gas mask to the make-shift beds, Betty Sexton has had a poignant year saying goodbye to her old belongings.

London
Thu, 16:20
Jackie Litambola and Peach colleagues

The mother of a murdered teenager has backed a “save havens” scheme for young people to help prevent future deaths from street violence.

Most read news

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition