I will make Jamaica a better place by playing my part in community development through education and empowerment.
Marcus Garvey had this vision when he instituted cultural symbols which captured the essence of a nationalistic philosophy. He purported that if you got the black man to think differently about himself then he could move mountains. Barack Obama and others have proven our honourable hero right.
It is my proposal to create a policy of re-education, not limited to academia but spanning areas of black identity, personal development, oratorship, poise and deportment, citizenship and spiritual consciousness. This programme would first be sold to teachers who, in turn, would spread the message at the community level in all schools.
Of course, the effects would not be immediate. However, if we could elevate the average man to see the world as his to conquer, then imagine the effect on entrepreneurship, crime and violence, development and planning, sports, medicine, etc.
If we can re-educate our people, empower them, then and only then can we tackle the other issues that plague us. Until then, we're like the blind groping in the dark for wet matches. Like Marcus Garvey, I believe I can make Jamaica a better place if I elevate the minds of the young and incite our mighty race to rise up!
Camille Tucker, 18, is a top-performing student at Marymount High School in Highgate, St Mary.
I WILL make Jamaica a better place by establishing an assessment agency that will test the reading, writing, listening, speaking and cognitive abilities of every student before they enter basic, primary and high school.
A lot of parents are unaware of how their children are performing academically; they don't look in their books or ask about school. Children are perceptive, so they learn and understand when they are read and spoken to, and if parents fail to do this the child goes to school as a blank page.
Teachers, particularly in basic schools, do not receive enough appreciation or support and are often accused of being inadequate. But it's not really their fault, because many children have learning problems and are unable to grasp the concepts they are being taught.
Regular assessments would help identify and address these issues; and just like students' medical reports, the results would be sent to each school.
My agency will also help provide jobs for unemployed university graduates; they would be the best people to train and hire as assessors.
I would like to launch the agency before starting university, but need support and finances. It's always the small people who come up with the big ideas, but we just don't have the resources to implement them.