Social Good, Social Media

Facebook helps Jamaica’s search for missing children

Ten per cent of missing children are yet to return home. To help get us closer to 100, Facebook and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) have combined efforts and unveiled an update to their Ananda Alert system; hoping to use local users’ Facebook News Feed to highlight extreme cases, such as child abductions. An encouraging example of organisations collaborating to protect children, credit is due to Hear the Children Cry, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, OCR and Facebook.

Jacqueline Charles from The Miami Herald who covered the event and used @UNICEFJamaica’s tweets in her article. You can also read this blog I wrote for UNICEF about the challenges faced getting people to one, file missing children reports; and two, inform police when they are found. Sadly, in this selfie-loving age many parents simply do not provide a photograph to help identify their own children.

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Social Good

Youths are alright, but the adults…

Getting absent children back to school

“They said how could Roshane get higher marks than us!?” How one student bounced back after missing months of school: https://blogs.unicef.org/jamaica/winning-west-sustainable-innovations-get-children-back-school/

Geplaatst door Unicef Jamaica op vrijdag 16 december 2016

Late last year, the UNICEF team drove to Chester Castle in Hanover to shoot a video about a small but successful partner project getting absentee kids back-in-school. We were there a couple of hours when Roshane Thomas, this businesslike 12-year-old walked up to introduce himself, and like that everyone realised we had the story right there.

Today on his 13th birthday, people have watched his video 950,000+ times; he just got 100 per cent in maths (when previously he was going to school once a month) and he has this wisdom to share with his peers and their parents.

It’s too easy to write off today’s youth as wutless, yet when you work with them you realise that not only is that belief a reflection of us; but that we have just as much to learn from them as we think we have to teach them.

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Journalism

New York Times on ganja

Dusted off my journalism to provide fixing services on this story by the New York Times published online yesterday, which made their newspaper front page today (scroll down).

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One of the persons interviewed was Varun Baker and his Ganjagram project, which was featured a couple of times previously on this blog:

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Social Media

‘Social CEOs’ in Jamaica…I found one!

Graphic: Harvard Business Review

Graphic: Harvard Business Review

In fairness there’s more than one. But the other day I was given a challenge to write a social media guide for local CEOs.

This post I published just now isn’t necessarily a guide, but attempts to outline some of the opportunities that are already available. My (brief) interaction with one CEO in particular certainly gives grounds for optimism.

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Social Good

UNICEF Blog: Pick-Ni Cherry artist takes on dark secret of child sexual abuse

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Just published an interview I did with young author-illustrator-artist Kerron Clarke on the UNICEF Jamaica blog, about her illustrated novel Pick-Ni Cherry. The as-yet-unpublished novel is Kerron’s very personal attempt to warn children, families and society about sexual abuse happening within the home.

Herself a survivor of abuse, Kerron tells the story in a child’s voice, attempting to put us in the shoes of the most vulnerable and abused members of society. More than 1 in 5 Jamaican girls report forced sex. In many cases, the perpetrators aren’t strangers lurking in the dark. They are family members who are trusted and unsuspected.

Read the full interview here.

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