Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

There is a perception that younger children cannot grasp climate change issues. It’s too complicated. So, at least in Jamaica, education on climate change only begins with high school students, who are studying science (and I am honestly not sure how much the topic is a part of the curriculum). All of this needs to … More Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

I am putting this out there because the deadline for this amazing opportunity launched by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation is this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020. Yes, you’ve got three days. “Climate change is impacting our region now,” says climate change consultant Asia Williams. Temperatures are rising on land and sea; sea levels are … More The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas

There is an old Christmas song, or nursery rhyme, in England: Christmas is Coming/The goose is getting fat/Please to put a penny in/the old man’s hat/ If you haven’t got a penny/A ha’penny will do/If you haven’t got a ha’penny/then God bless you! Well, most people don’t eat goose for Christmas dinner any more, and … More Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas

Eight More Schools Join the British Council’s Social Enterprise Programme

I have always been a fan of social enterprise (in particular the JN Foundation’s ongoing work) and the British Council have hit the nail on the head with this programme in schools. There are some great social enterprises involved. Good luck to all the schools! I look forward to hearing more. British Council adds Eight … More Eight More Schools Join the British Council’s Social Enterprise Programme

Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

It’s not often that I can be found sipping coffee in the company of a large group of young volunteers and their partners and sponsors on a Sunday morning. But so it was today, in a cool tent at the lovely Terra Nova Hotel in the heart of steamy, warm Kingston. The Positive Organisation (Youths … More Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

Young Jamaicans: Time to Learn About the Power of Advocacy!

Advocacy is not something that one necessarily makes a conscious decision to go into. For me, it was a natural thing to do since I was a young woman – although I never thought of myself as an “advocate.” However, every chance I got I found myself talking about the evils of the apartheid system … More Young Jamaicans: Time to Learn About the Power of Advocacy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage

This week’s challenge is, on the face of it, quite straight forward. As Bob Marley sang: “My feet is my only carriage.” Of course, “pedestrian” can also have a different interpretation from that simple meaning. It can just mean someone plodding along, dull and laborious. I have stuck to the literal version, because I do not want to … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian – My Feet Is My Only Carriage

Science Learning Through Dancehall: Revolutionary and Quite Possibly Swaggerific

In July 2016, the JN Foundation produced an exciting School Leadership Summit. It was one of the most lively two days one could imagine, with the tagline Join the Education Revolution! One of the revolutionaries who spoke at the conference was Dr. Christopher Emdin of Columbia University, a science advocate and founder of the #HipHopEd social media movement. Now, … More Science Learning Through Dancehall: Revolutionary and Quite Possibly Swaggerific

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience – in Jamaica

Jamaica is an island with plenty of “ambience” – it’s an oddly vague word that means a “feel,” an atmosphere, a quality. When we talk about “vibes” in Jamaica, that is what we are really talking about – whether good or bad. The Beach Boys’ classic  “Good Vibrations” sums it up – and again Brian … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience – in Jamaica