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Published:Tuesday | January 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Gladys Brown
Asafa Powell
Leahcim Semaj
Winston De La Haye
Clayton Hall

On New Year's Eve six prominent Jamaicans took time out to tell The Gleaner what they wish for the nation in 2013.

Gladys Brown - head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

My wish is for adults to treat children with the respect that they deserve. I want for parents to take the greater responsibility in the caring and protection of their children. Too many men are taking advantage of our young girls because of economic constraints and we need that to stop.

Leahcim Semaj - psychologist

Our political parties know how to win elections but they don't know how to grow the economy and that is very clear. So, I have stopped hoping for them (politicians) to change; what I want for 2013 is for our Jamaican people to change their culture of dependency and find solutions for themselves because we are on our own. It's (politics) the weakest link in our fabric, and Jamaica is too rich a country to be poor and the basis of our poverty is bad governance.

Winston De La Haye - consultant psychiatrist

My wish is for the health and prosperity of all Jamaicans. Jamaicans should make it a priority to practise healthy lifestyles.

Chronixx - entertainer

I want persons to use communication as a tool for good and not bad. We need to focus more on the positives that are happening because communication in any country plays a very big role, and so persons, especially in the media, should see their field as a weapon and use it positively.

Asafa Powell - Olympian

My wish for Jamaica in 2013 is that we learn to respect, appreciate and be kind to one another; to stand together for things we know are right and speak out as one against the things that are wrong. One voice. One nation. One mission.

Clayton Hall - head of the Jamaica Teachers' Association

What I want for the coming year is some serious investments being placed in early-childhood education. Since the Early Childhood Commission did its assessment some five years ago there has not been one early-childhood institution that has met the minimum standard. We also need to take a serious look at special needs education.