Posts Tagged ‘Illiteracy’

For centuries, even before its independence, Jamaica has been tormented by two consistent plagues; one of nature and the other of acumen.

As a child, growing up on this renowned island was not always sunshine and white sand beaches, for me, I was not there for Spring breaks nor Summer vacations; I was there every day, every month and every year, benefiting first-hand experiences of day to day activities and the people, which eventually summed up to being a Jamaican.

Therefore, tropical storms and hurricanes are no surprise to me. Jamaica has long accepted Mother Nature’s annual visits, and in anticipation of her yearly presence, architects have done their best in designing and redesigning structures; sometimes to great successes and other times not.

If there is anything to know about Mother Nature, it would be that she is unpredictable; a fact proven in May of 2017 when two-thirds of Jamaica was submerged under water.

Heavy rains and floods amounting to as much as ten feet of water, in some areas, damaged almost everything in their paths, but most disheartening, left many people homeless.

And although I did not acquire the information first-hand nor by being in close proximity, news and footage posted on social media’s live feeds, pretty much gave me a vivid overview from a secondary seating perspective.

I watched in horror as vehicles occupied with people were besieged by water, causing narrow escapes and near death frights. Informative commentaries echoed as narratives of the unfolding events, varying in tune, at times, and it was not long before I was forced to watch in criticism as oblivious attitudes blended in with important information of a national emergency.

Overwhelmed with disgust, I witnessed mockeries and laughter, coming from onlookers, as chosen reactions to one driver’s reckless decision which almost took the lives of his passengers.

Another post was in transparency of Jamaica’s second plaque, ignorance, as many Jamaicans blamed local politicians for the floods and held them responsible for their losses.

While, in an effort to educate, one politician explained that it was merely an act of nature. He further clarified that gutters, gullies and waterways were fully maintained and it was an inadequate infrastructure, made for a lesser anticipated flow of water, which caused the slow reduction.

Tragedies, as usual, created an opportunity and opportunities have never failed to show the meagre moral standards of men, so it was no surprise that amidst the crisis of a national emergency, the opposition party saw it as a prospect to discredit the ruling government; an act which continues to influence the lesser educated to mimic.

Intelligence is a valuable commodity as much as ignorance is. Shared intelligence offers benefits to a whole country and equal opportunities to gain wealth, while the distribution of ignorance does not benefit a whole country, but only allow wealth to be accumulated by its distributors.

There are a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong with Jamaica, and although no country will ever get it all right, there is always room for growth and improvements

It is being encouraged, by me, that the Jamaican government stresses the importance of Adult Education, in Jamaica, and put in place another system similarly to that of JAMAL which seeks to educate the old as equal as the young, because illiteracy is an obvious crippling factor against Jamaica’s growth.

In addition, integrate swimming and make it a mandatory academic activity; shamefully, most Jamaicans are non-swimmers.

Jamaicans must realize that a government system is not to be considered similarly to the expectancy of their parents; government is merely a management department of a country and similarly to managements of companies, their purposes are to provide certain operations of interest, while each citizen, like employees, must pull their own weight.

Politicians are assumed to be among the brightest minds of Jamaica, and in order to maintain that supposed perspective, it is being advised that they must know when to put their personal interest aside and put the interest of the Jamaican people first.

In such a state of emergency, the real opportunity was for the non-ruling party to band together with the ruling party and show the Jamaican people that whenever their country is threatened, by any force, it is relevant to retire all made-up divides and demonstrate, to the world, that we are not JLP nor PNP, neither high class or low class, but that we are Jamaicans.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

Of the 195 Countries in the world, Jamaica is one of the most go-to places for tourists; thus, making it one of the top earners from nature. Sun, sand and sea might be its main drivers, but its other gaining muscles, such as a unique culture, foods, plantations and the land itself also help in making the dough for this piece of paradise.

Bottom line, Jamaica, though reputed as being poor, is wealthy in both natural resources and money. One do not need to be educated at an advanced level to calculate and realize that an island of such equals to billions of dollars in revenue. Still, this society is inhabited by citizens of which 70% live in poverty; a transparent driving force behind its crimes and violence.

The government of Jamaica breeds criminals by being a body of selfish individuals, who cares very little about the welfare of the Jamaican citizens, and for this reason, no solid infrastructure is in place to assist the unemployed and low-income individuals of the island.
Unlike other wealthy Countries of the world, where unemployed mothers receive financial assistance for their children, from a government body, Jamaican mothers are on their own. So, despite the billions of dollars that Jamaica has earned over the past thirty years, it’s citizens have never fairly benefited from the dividends of the financial pie.

Hunger and hopelessness have the power to convert the saintliest of Saints to criminals; it is a calculated time-bomb. So, as long as the Jamaican government continues to cheat its citizens of their share of the island’s annual earnings and or benefits, crime and violence will remain.
Robberies and murders can only be deemed ‘senseless’ if a provision is in place, showing that assailants are already in a position of living above a humane poverty line; otherwise, despite the savagery, the crimes make all the sense in the world.

The Jamaican government can save many of its citizens from being victims of crimes by ceasing the exploitation of their ignorance; illiteracy is the commodity which fuels the enormous unbalance of the Jamaican lifestyle scale.

If privileged Jamaicans continue to aid the suppression of knowledge, human rights, democracy and the laws of Jamaica from the uneducated ones, the scorn of Jamaica and Jamaicans will continue to expand.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2017

© Ian T. Sebàs

© Ian T. Sebàs