We are looking to grow the BHA’s presence in Wales in order to have a greater impact on decisions made within the Welsh Assembly. My appointment as Development Officer for Wales Humanists will enable greater focus on Wales-specific issues, such as the curriculum changes and pastoral care. We are looking to increase involvement in campaigns, groups, and volunteering across Wales.
Firstly, the outcome of the assembly elections next week will have a significant impact on the understanding and inclusion of Humanism across Wales. I have requested answers to key policy questions from all parties, but approaches by Wales Humanists members and supporters to local candidates would ensure greater consideration of these issues. With this in mind we ask that you consider emailing your local candidates requesting answers to the following questions:
- Would you support non-religious worldviews such as Humanism being taught equally alongside religions in schools?
- Would you support fully inclusive admissions with no religious selection in all state-funded schools, including ‘faith’ schools?
- Would you support making a high-quality, comprehensive personal and social education and sex education curriculum statutory in Welsh schools?
- Would you support an end to the archaic policy of reserving seats for Church of England Bishops in the House of Lords?
- Would you support the legalisation of humanist marriage in Wales, which has been hugely popular in Scotland since its legalisation in 2005?
- Would you oppose any moves in Westminster to weaken our human rights settlement, including pulling out of the European Convention on Human Rights – which is essential in protecting fundamental human rights and freedoms?
- Would you support the legalisation of assisted dying for people who are terminally ill or are permanently and incurably suffering, in order to protect their right to autonomy and self-determination?
Secondly, we are looking for more people to become involved in the curriculum review across Wales. I would be grateful if you could contact me by email if you are involved with one of the pioneer schools listed here.
Lastly, we can only increase our profile in Wales through increased membership and public knowledge. Please follow the Wales Humanists group on Facebook, and if you wish to help with school speaking, pastoral care, or setting up a local group, get in touch by email to let me know.
If you would like more information about local groups already in place, Cardiff Humanists, Welshpool and District Humanists, and West Wales Humanists have groups you can join on Facebook. The newest group in Wales – Pontypridd Humanists – will be meeting for the first time on 28 June 2016.
Please do get in contact if you have any suggestions or questions, or if you would like to become more involved as a volunteer.
Wales Humanists Development Officer