I love the culture here because it is so colourful and the history of the resilient Jamaican people is so rich. Jamaica’s motto is quite fitting because our team is incredibly diverse with backgrounds representing the Philippines, Colombia, Afghanistan, Trinidad, and, of course, right here in JA. The many issues being discussed prove that we, as women, are all similar even though we come from different cultures because everyone has struggles and we’ve all felt hurt or pain before. It’s unbelievable to witness the artists that have been coming to perform for the girls like Steppa, Latty J, and Randy McLaren. It adds emphasis to the messages of the topics on healthy relationships, leadership, self-efficacy and goal setting. Also, it shows Jamaica’s character because the awareness of the injustice of many things is very evident in both the high school and University of West Indies students but they do not complain about it, rather, they use humour and art as forms of expression to overcome because they are survivors and warriors. We’ve been given a very brief overview of Jamaican history and I’ve learned that Nanny and the Maroons were strategic and strong soldiers who fought for themselves even though the British and Spanish oppressed them. The Jamaican people are a mix of Taino, African, and Spanish which is how their language of Patois came about. It’s a surprise to me because I always thought it was broken English and French Creole. I am still learning and like we’ve been telling the girls, no one is perfect and it may be a cliche saying but you can only grow by making mistakes.
March 8, 2013