However the religiosity of an individual isn’t the concern when it comes to education. What any advanced, prosperous, progressive society must strive for is secularism. There is, indeed, good evidence showing that secularism leads to prosperity, and progressive societies. They are complementary and co-beneficial ideas. Take, for example, Norway. When asked, some 75% of Norwegians say they belong to one religion or another. However only 29% believe in a deity, 26% are atheists, and 45% aren’t certain. Norway is also one of the best countries in the world in which to live. It ranks at or near the top in key indicators such as the human development index, life expectancy, and happiness. You see Norway is *highly* secular.
At IAA, we highly value secular education - that is the education of students without interference or influence from religious organisations. We believe that schools should teach information that is based on good scientific studies, information that has expert consensus, and information that is conducive to producing caring, compassionate, knowledgeable young adults.
In July of 2020, IAA ran a campaign to raise funds for the secular education of orphans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You can view our full campaign page here:
International Association of Atheists raised, in total, $4920. It costs $120 per year for the tuition of a Congolese child, and all money donated goes to the Humanist Global Charity. It's important to note that these children have been orphaned, many of them by Ebola. The persistence of superstitious thinking in DR Congo has lead to many unnecessary deaths from Ebola. Residents of the poverty-stricken country believe in witchcraft and curses and seek assistance from preachers and shamen before they see doctors. The secular education of kids in DRC will open their minds to scientific thinking and save lives. When we completed our campaign, the volunteers in the DR Congo sent us these lovely photos from the children:
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