Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

As an “older person,” I always believe we should listen to our young people. Whatever they are talking about, whether it’s the environment, LBGT rights, governance issues, and more, it is important to listen to their voices. Not in a patronizing way… Really listen! We can learn so much from each other, across generations. Moreover, … More Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network – speaking out on children’s rights

“The virus is spread when persons move”: Jamaica’s Curfew and other measures extended to March 1

The previous Order under the Disaster Risk Management Act expires today. With just a few hours’ notice, the Office of the Prime Minister has sent out the following press release. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams gave a post-Cabinet press briefing today. Update on COVID-19 Measures under the Disaster Risk Management ActFebruary 24, … More “The virus is spread when persons move”: Jamaica’s Curfew and other measures extended to March 1

ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition

The last two weeks have been busy (I skipped last week) and the weather is bright and breezy. However, as COVID-19 numbers have begun to really take off this month (an extended “spike”) the mood of cautious optimism in January seems to have evaporated – although we have had some lighter moments in the past … More ICYMI in Jamaica: February 16, 2021: The Hanging In There Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

What a week. After the relative peace and quiet of the holidays (apart from an intrusively loud motorbike rider – we need to do something about the “enhanced” mufflers they put on their bikes) we were thrown straight into 2021 with a great deal of agonizing over “back to school” (a dilemma shared by other … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 5, 2021: The Back to School Edition

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

British Council to Host Global Social Enterprise Expo in Kingston

I know it is short notice, but it would be worth dropping by this Expo if you are in the New Kingston area. Come and see what the students are doing and talk to them about their social enterprise. It’s a competitive program that I believe will help build leadership as well as entrepreneurial skills. … More British Council to Host Global Social Enterprise Expo in Kingston

Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)

The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever continues to create anxiety and concern among the general public, especially in relation to young children and other vulnerable Jamaicans.  But panicking won’t help. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their health and the health of others. And it’s amazing how irresponsible some citizens are – almost deliberately so. In … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)

Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

In a recent article on the Gleaner blogs page, I wrote about the need to listen to, and include our young people. We also need to encourage them and nurture their ideas – not in a patronizing way, but to really give them space. I always think that Winsome Minott and her small, but dedicated Katalyxt … More Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

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