Marcus Garvey to be taught in Jamaican Schools from September 2012

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 

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2 Responses to Marcus Garvey to be taught in Jamaican Schools from September 2012

  1. KooB says:

    It’s A Disgrace That Jamaica’ 1st National Hero Hasn’t Been Taught In Jamaican Schools Until ‘Now’ (September 2012). Jamaicans Should Be Proud Of Their Freedom Fighters, Those That Really Tried To help Jamaican People (Sometimes Giving Thier Lives To the Cause) The West Respects Their Heroes & Asks No Ones Permission To Celebrate Even When Those ‘Heroes’ Have Been Jamaica’ Enemies & Oppressors. Jamaica Needs To Stand Up, They Have Much More Going On Than ‘Tourism’, Let No One Fool You, What Jamaica Has Given to The World & Still Giving Cannot Be Measured. They Just Need To Benefit From It & They Can But They Need To Take Control Of Their Own Opportunities. Almost 100Yrs Ago Marcus Was Telling Them, Marcus Wrote & Published His Own Books & Magazines In His Own Words. No Disrespect Intended In Regards To Other Authors Some Are Good, But It’s Their Opinion Of The Man, His Own Words Have Survived & Are Still Available. Yet The Program May Not Happen If They Are Relying On Funding

  2. ptaheru777 says:

    Take the kinks out of your mind, not your hair.
    -Marcus Garvey
    It’s WAAAYYYY beyond time that this curriculum become standard in primary and secondary schools; and as always, The U.S. preaches about fairness and democracy, but all we get in history classes continues to be black american slavery and MLK jr.

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