As the country continues to reflect on its heritage and the achievements of its national heroes, the president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, Everton Hannam, has called for a greater level of urgency in teaching civics in schools.
Hannam argued that with advances in technology, young people are having less appreciation for Jamaica's heritage.
"The influence of technology and overexposure to foreign cultures continue to pervade our society, so the need for civics is even more important so as to help our children better appreciate our heritage," Hannam said.
"Every year, it seems more like a ritual when this time comes around (National Heroes Day), especially for the younger generation, and so the pace at which we are moving to implement it (civics) is of some concern because this has resulted in a disconnect in a number of areas."
Hannam also suggested that there be a collaborative approach towards implementing the programme.
"There is a difference between the older generation and the younger generation. Back in the day, the emphasis on our culture was much greater. Whether it's in the schools, through music, or other art forms, it is imperative that our youth understand the significance of our past," he said.
"It is important to note as well that the programme has to be part of a greater effort and must take a multifaceted approach. We must look at ethics, attitudes, values, among other factors, but there must be an aggressive programme, which will also aid in correcting some of the ills in society," he charged.