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Project information

Young Atheist's Handbook for Schools

Help us send a copy of the Young Atheist's Handbook to every secondary school library in England and Wales.

As long as it takes to raise the money to send a copy to every secondary school in England and Wales.

Charity information: British Humanist Association

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  • Need


    Many young people are brought up in the faith of their family, without ever really having the chance to choose for themselves. It's too often assumed that people have to 'opt-out' of a religion, rather than making a positive choice for themselves.


    We would like to put a copy of The Young Atheist's Handbook by Alom Shaha in every secondary school library in England and Wales. Alom's book tells how he made that choice and shows that you can make moral choices without a religious faith to guide you. School is where we go to learn how to ask questions. It seemed to us that making the book available through school libraries is a good first step in educating young people so that they can choose to exercise their freedom of choice.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To post a copy of the Young Atheist's Handbook to every school in England and Wales.


    » Raise the money to print the books at a discounted rate.

    What success will look like

    Through marketing and promotion and press-attention when sending the books.

  • Impact


    Young people will be able to learn about how you can make moral choices without a religion.


    The author of the Young Atheist’s Handbook, Alom Shah, was elected as a trustee of the BHA on 13th July 2013. As such, there is a potential conflict of interest surrounding the planned purchase of these books for schools. To prevent this, the BHA has put an agreement in place that Alom will recuse himself from any future Board discussions and decisions surrounding this area of activity.


    Through our bulletins and news letter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 Book printing Printing books at 70% discount
      £10,000 Mailing costs Packing and postage

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    JustGiving £10,803 Guaranteed
  • Background


    England and Wales secondary schools


    Young people in schools

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The YAH4Schools campaign was conceived by science teacher and blogger, Ian Horsewell, and is supported the British Humanist Association. We work on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ian Horsewell

    Volunteer and supporter of the BHA who came up with the idea.

    Alom Shaha

    Writer, science teacher, and supporter of the BHA who wrote the book.

    Sara Passmore

    Head of Education who works with teachers, schools and young people to ensure non-religious approaches to life are included within education.

Great book, important campaign. I would've liked this book to have been in my school library.

Dan Hayes