From the British Humanist Association:
We’re very excited to announce Faith Schoolers Anonymous, a new project from our ‘Faith’ Schools Campaigner which helps pupils at ‘faith’ schools share their negative experiences with the world.
Too often, when we act on behalf of students at ‘faith’ schools of all kinds – be they private Muslim schools, unregistered Jewish schools, fundamentalist Christian academies, church schools, or whatever else – their real experiences are dismissed out of hand in favour of generic remarks about the supposed virtues of faith-based education.
For defenders of ‘faith’ schools, this can be an effective tactic when faced with truly heartbreaking and appalling consequences of sectarian education. But by allowing the proponents of ‘faith’ schools to shape public debate, we neglect the most important factor of all: the human rights and experiences of schoolchildren. Whether it’s children who have been reprimanded for having an inquiring mind, or condemned for their sexuality, or those denigrated for being a woman, or physically abused for getting distracted during all-day Torah study, their experiences should not be wantonly ignored.
Faith Schoolers Anonymous is here to break the silence. It aims to highlight the problems which ‘faith’ schools, by their very nature, help to foster, at the same time as exposing the spectacular failings of individual schools. You can support the site by reading and sharing stories at faithschoolersanonymous.uk, by submitting your own stories, and by sharing your experiences using the hashtag #faithschoolsanon.