In 2012 the YAH4Schools initiative was launched with the aim to send a copy of the book to every secondary school in England and Wales. The idea was conceived by science teacher and blogger, Ian Horsewell, and is supported the British Humanist Association. Following on from the success of this initiative we are raising money to sent the book to all secondary schools in Northern Ireland.

Here’s the reasons behind the campaign from some of those involved:


Ian HorsewellDespite knowing Alom through his work as a science teacher and writer online, I was amazed by the evocative prose in his book and the challenges he faced moving from nominal believer to outspoken freethinker. It made me realise how fortunate many of us are to be able to take for granted our own freedom to believe, or not, in the faith of our parents. It seemed to me that the very students who needed to read Alom’s book would find it hard to buy for themselves, so instead I wondered if we could place a copy in every secondary school library.

Ian Horsewell, science teacher and blogger. Find out more about Ian here.


Andrew CopsonThe British Humanist Association is pleased to support getting Alom’s book into all secondary schools in England and Wales. Not just a scientist and a humanist, Alom is a warm storyteller who, through a series of loose lessons, relates how he discovered that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God or religion. Blending memoir, philosophy, and science, the book is essential reading for all young people.

Andrew Copson, CEO of the British Humanist Association


Richy ThompsonThe Young Atheist’s Handbook is an excellent guide to the bigger questions in life, told from the perspective of one non-believer’s own personal voyage. I suspect that a book of this nature is sorely lacking from many school libraries, and am sure many young people would be delighted to find such a book in an accessible place – whether to aid them on their own, similar journeys, or to simply educate them about what non-religious people believe and how they are able to live a fulfilling life without a god.

Richy Thompson, British Humanist Association Education Campaigner