A positive story to come out of Jamaica is that the teachings and opinions of the Rt Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero, are to be introduced in schools for the first time at the September 2012 start of the new academic year.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, born in St. Ann, Jamaica in 1887 led a life-long crusade against the global oppression of Black people. Marcus Garvey was a leading Pan-Africanist and is recognised as one of the most influential persons in history.
This is great news as Garvey can be used in all areas of the curriculum and I hope that they utilise the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Multimedia Museum in Kingston which is a hidden gem on 76 King Street. For more information, please go to http://libertyhall-ioj.org.jm/
One of my favourite quotes from Garvey is below:
“You must never stop learning. The world’s greatest men and women were people who educated themselves outside of the university with all the knowledge that the university gives…One must never stop reading…
You can only make the best out of life by knowing and understanding it. To know, you must fall back on the intelligence of others who came before you and have left their records behind.”
– Marcus Garvey, c. 1937
“Lesson 1: Intelligence, Education, Universal Knowledge and How to Get It,” Lessons from the School of African Philosophy, in Robert Hill (Ed.) Marcus Garvey: Life and Lessons, (University of California Press, 1987) pp. 184-185.
For more information, go to http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120203/lead/lead91.html