Early Childhood Commission Comes to St. Margaret’s Bay Basic School

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is staying focused. Amidst all the difficult and disturbing news regarding our children and all the challenges to be overcome, the Commission keeps going. It has now certified 26 early childhood institutions (that is, basic schools, nurseries and kindergartens) in all twelve standards, and aims to certify 300 more by 2019. … More Early Childhood Commission Comes to St. Margaret’s Bay Basic School

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51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

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Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

It has been a while, and this feature, which was going along on a weekly basis, has fallen behind badly! Blame it on January 2017… Anyway, here are Jamaican and global stories on the environment and climate change, for your interest. Click on the links for more info!  (The cover photograph is of a Glossy … More Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

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Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

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Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life

Jamaicans, young and old and in all walks of life, are still consumed with the issue of the abuse of young girls by older men in privileged positions… Not a new issue, often hidden and secret – but an “open secret.” Many views have been expressed. I am sharing on my blog more perspectives that … More Nuh Guh Deh! Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of our Children: 1 – A Perspective from Eve for Life

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BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

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A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

First: I promise to bring lots of happy, hopeful news in my next post! It truly has been a tempestuous couple of weeks to start off 2017. Even the weather went a little strange; one night we had tropical storm force winds and many Jamaicans’ power went off. Half our apple tree ended up on the … More A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

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