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Thursday, 12 October 2017

IHEU awards seven grants to “Humanist Regional Hubs”



As part of its Growth and Development Plan, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has awarded a total of £6000 to support projects and events promoting humanism and the work of humanist organizations.

7 grants was awarded, in the current round and plan to re-open the same process next January, focusing this time on Africa as IHEU’s new priority region for 2018.

Among the beneficiaries of the award is the Atheist Society of Nigeria. 

The grant worth  £900, will be used to help twenty university students from different areas of Nigeria to attend ASN National Convention “Road to Reason". The deadline for students to apply for the travel grants is 14 October – all information can be found on ASN website.

The Convention will take place on 11 November at the University of Lagos and the IHEU will be present virtually with a video-message from its Growth and Development Officer, Giovanni Gaetani.

Calistus Igwilo, President of ASN, said:

“This grant will cover the travel costs and 2 nights hotel accommodation for 20 students from 10 different Nigerian Institutions.
“During the Convention there will be a session with the student delegates where we will train them on setting up ASN branches in their various institutions, and equip them with skills to manage and sustain branches. “We are very grateful to IHEU for awarding us this grant. This grant is a cornerstone to our vision of creating a vibrant youth population in Nigeria that will champion critical thinking and rational reasoning in national discourses.”

Commenting on the award of the Regional Hub Grants, IHEU Growth and Development Officer, Giovanni Gaetani, said:

“We were really pleased by both the number and the quality of the project proposals received by many different organizations from all over the world.
“This process confirmed to us that the Humanist movement keeps on growing fast at all levels and in every region of the world.
“We are planning to open the same tendering process early next year, focusing this time on Africa as IHEU’s new priority region for 2018.”

Other beneficiries includes the; Latin American Humanist Congress in Guatemala,  Freethinkers Association of Arequipa and the Russian cluster of the Brights movement.

more details can be found on IHEU Website

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