Just as each country is recognized by their outstanding cultural traits, our island is known for our Reggae icon Bob Marley and our sprint stars like Usain Bolt. We’re also known for our warm, welcoming island and our culinary trademarks. However, what we may call a downside to these national characteristics is the stereotypes that seem to spring from them. Foreigners that have certain perceptions of our country that vary from relatively untrue to downright ludicrous. We’ve narrowed down 7 top stereotypes that foreigners hold about our country and its people:
7. Marijuana is as... read more
Ricardo Brown, ninth-grade student at Holy Trinity High School, sought guidance for his football career from Marvin Hall, founder of Halls of Learning.
‘SUPPORTING A nation of champions’ is the theme that guided the recently concluded Boys in Education Week presented by the British Council. The week of activities kicked off on Monday, April 30, and ran through to Thursday, May 3. Among the scheduled activities, the week featured an empowering educator’s day, parents’ seminar, a mentoring workshop, and a career day.
Students from 20 schools across the island, at different levels of their education, turned up in their numbers to take advantage of all the week had to offer. The event, proudly supported by the Jamaica... read more
We've often heard that these seven to eight years that we are teenagers will likely be the best of our lives. Many of us who are currently experiencing teenage life, however, may seriously disagree. Regardless of how we feel about it, though, we have to admit that our teenage years are definitely intriguing. During this period, we face the unpredictable storm that is high school, make great friends, change some friends, discover our interests and tangle with our parents, among a host of other crazy, distinctly teenage things. In the midst of such tumultuous yet exciting times, we tend to... read more
It's no question that teachers play an important role in our lives. As our formal educators, they are a huge part of what we learn, how we learn, and even how well we do at times. Whether we love them or dislike them, it is in our best interest to develop a good relationship with our teachers. In this edition of Would You Rather we've provided situations that highlight how we tend to approach our teachers.
You can't stand your mathematics teacher. He is extremely loud and rude, but he teaches well. You missed a month of school due to illness and you need extra lessons to catch up.... read more
For some, asking for favours is as much a Jamaican characteristic as sprinting or dancing. Whether it’s asking a random person for a loan or ‘begging a bly’ in traffic, Jamaicans have no qualms about requesting the generosity of others. Some think this has transformed into a culture of mendicancy, reflecting badly on our people. But regardless of whether it is viewed as begging or simply requesting, asking for a favour is a universal act. It doesn’t always have to be negative. There is no shame in asking when you are in need, but some of us want to be careful not to make a habit of it. We... read more
Kingston, Jamaica –Thursday, April 5, 2018: Amid tepid conversations about education, teachers and schooling in Jamaica, Claudette Richardson-Pious always ensures she takes a Children First approach. The 2008 ANSA Caribbean Award for Excellence Laureate is the co-founder and executive director of Children First, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Jamaica’s street children.
Richardson-Pious explains that it was through teaching that she developed the love for children. To contribute to their safety and development, and to actively help to... read more
To raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues that are often overlooked within our society is how eighteen year old Campionite, Chelsea Wright describes the movement, Girls Who Know.
“I’ve always been involved in youth advocacy but it was never my intention to start something of my own, I never saw myself doing that,” she told Youthlink.
She said she encountered a turning point when she came by an article in which the head of the Family Planning board of Jamaica expressed deep concern over a case that included a fifteen year old girl being raped by a pastor. ... read more
Despite the similar sound the words share, money and moral often do not share the same value among individuals. It seems that one must always take precedence to the other. Money is commonly referenced as the “root of all evil”. Such a saying makes it easy to see why money so frequently causes us to compromise our moral beliefs. However it is just as easy to argue that the saying in no way provides justification for unscrupulous actions in the name of money. The following scenarios might help us decide how to better organize our sense of money and morals:
· Your parents are... read more
The Boardofwisdom.com tells us that “friendship is not about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who came and never left your side.” Well Kishae James and Tavene Henry have been side by side for approximately 13 years now. The two best friends find out if the length of their friendship equates to the strength of their friendship in this week’s Face Off Challenge. Maximum score = 18 points!
What is your best friend's most treasured item?
Kishae: The item that Tavene treasures the most is her phone. Mine would also be my phone.
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According to coolfunnyquotes.com, “A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have”. Many of us have that one friend that we feel extremely lucky to have, a best friend. Best friends, Kajona Brooks and Samantha Powell have been feeling lucky to have each other for 6 years now. This week they test their friendship knowledge in our Face Off Challenge. Maximum score = 8 points!
What movie would your best friend certainly cry in?
Kajona: Titanic would make her cry. For me it would be Missing You Already
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