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Letter of the Day: Linking sustainable development to values and attitude

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I, without a doubt, strongly agree with the sentiments expressed by columnist Ian Boyne. The problems hindering Jamaica today is far beyond having an excellent finance minister. The views of Mr Boyne as a matter of fact, go beyond speculation, as it has been proven time and time again, that sustainable development is directly linked to values and attitudes.

In a research paper written by myself at the age of 15 titled "Education and Values : A symbiotic Reform" in 2014 , I stated " Jamaica is currently plagued with societal ills because the government and the public fail to see the importance of a balanced relationship between education and values" as matter of fact Mr Boyne and I are not the first to acknowledge that sustainable development was linked to values as our very Vision 2030 document stated that " for Jamaica to see sustainable growth we must return to the values our forefathers possessed such as integrity and respect".

While I commend our opposition leader on his acknowledgement of the fact that our economic crisis stemmed from the nation's lack of values, we must as a nation move from mere exceptional pieces of literature expressed during speeches to action. We must go back to the days when the community raised the child and not like these days when the community protects the perpetrator as seen in the cases of both Santoya and Kacayclia. As a nation, we can no longer be satisfied with a mere press release condemning the violent murders of those who have a bright future. No, now is the time when the government must tell us how they plan on stopping these violent crimes against our youth.

But the Jamaican populous won't inherit values at the flick of a wand. We need leaders who will show us the way. However, in Jamaica we have members of the parliament behaving like any vendor downtown.

My recommendations therefore?

To the members of the government and the opposition:

You must agree on one thing , if nothing else , that Jamaica is in dire need of values reform and members of either side of the house of parliament must work in unison to combat this problem.

To the Church and other advocacy groups:

Stop being silent! Let us not forget that Jamaica is a democracy and it is our job to hold the government responsible. We must not only speak out when the government seeks introduce a bill which we do not agree with ( such as the repeal of the buggery law or the decriminalization of marijuana) but it should be our constant duty to ensure that the government works in the best interest of the people and is never silent. We must never stop advocating for the best interest of the Jamaican populous:

To the public

Now is the time we must speak up, however not with placards and vulgar voices but with diplomacy: we must seek to stand and against child abuse , crime and corruption. We must break the silence and the "informa fi dead mentality".

To our nation's children:

Do not lose hope of the Vision 2030 dream because you are the very foundation of such a dream but work assiduously to change the current state of values in Jamaica.

OSHNEL BRYAN

Student , 16