Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”


“The Beach” (a generic term) occupies a special place in the heart of every Jamaican. What does The Beach mean to us? For some it means socialising – with a group of friends or family. For others, it is “fish and festival” or the equivalent, and some drinks. For the children, it is play, play, … More Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth – Or, The Earth At My Feet


I’m pretty late with this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth. When I am exploring natural places in Jamaica, I often look down at my feet. This is where you often find curious, small and often beautiful objects, scattered randomly and yet somehow in perfect order. Here are a few examples (all the photos are taken … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth – Or, The Earth At My Feet

#EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?


Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?

International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica


The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story


Tonight is Hallowe’en. It’s a celebration of all things gloomy, dark and deliciously disturbing. We humans have always had a fascination for the supernatural, and there is nothing strange about that. And indeed it’s another grey, glowering evening in Kingston, after yet another day of heavy rain. Elsewhere in the world, it’s the time of … More Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story

World Habitat Day 2016: A Blog Post by Wayne Campbell


Today, as we await the passing of Hurricane Matthew – now turning towards Haiti – it is perhaps appropriate that today is World Habitat Day. Last night on the television news, I saw some residents of Golden Grove, St. Thomas, overjoyed and jingling front door keys as they packed all their possessions into vans and pickups … More World Habitat Day 2016: A Blog Post by Wayne Campbell

A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It’s Christmas Eve, and the streets of Kingston have turned into a turgid struggle of humans and cars for the past two weeks. I don’t know whether everyone is simply running around in ever-decreasing circles or whether this frenzied traffic has meaning and purpose; are people actually spending money this year? As for me, I … More A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015