19 July 2022

I am that happy person who also happens to have depression

Sihle Atkinson is the 25-year-old U-Reporter who suggested the name U-Matter,  voted by U-Reporters as the name for U-Report’s mental health chatline service , a collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Caribbean Child Development Centre at the UWI Open Campus. This is her story of overcoming and advice for others. Hi. My…, Depression can happen to anyone , It affected my relationships. My loved ones were really worried about me because I would sometimes just withdraw. They knew “that’s not Sihle”, and they were probably even offended. I sometimes would say things that seemed very critical or mean or unreasonable and it wasn’t because I didn’t care about the people I loved, but because I now had this…, Finding my own ways to cope with depression, I coped in three main ways: One was music, and just generally things I really liked to do. As I said, I kind of lost interest or passion for certain things but I enjoyed music and other activities in a different way than before. It used to be for entertainment but then it became a thing where I used it to occupy my mind so I wouldn’t get drowned…, Know that you are not alone, I want to tell you that you are not alone. There are so many people struggling like you are. When somebody has a cough or a really bad headache and it’s lasting for too long, other people will be like “yes, yes, gwaan. You nah go a doctor?” So why is it when we have pain in our minds which affects everything else, we’re like “hmm?” Mental well-…, Your mental health matters. U-Matter!, I would also say find your purpose, find your drive. For me, I have adopted an outlook that my life is a story. Every story has a protagonist, and every good story has conflict, with an issue to struggle through to reach a resolution. I believe that my purpose here is to serve others through telling my story, through relating to people, through…
16 June 2022

Jamaica pilot experience

Sign language, voice-overs, music and interactive activities are the features that will be available in the digital versions of the Accessible Digital Textbooks (ADT) of Jamaica, thanks to the project that we have been promoting since 2021. As UNICEF, we work alongside the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Jamaica Library Service,…, ADT will allow students with diverse abilities to interact and learn equally. These books fit their different learning styles!, The goal that guides our efforts is that between 2021-2023, Jamaica will have adapted a core set of 12 picture books that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information uses in grades 1º, 2º and 3º of primary education. These books are part of the national curriculum and aim to be accessible for every child and adolescent by ensuring narration,…, “We want educational materials to be equally available to all students and the Universal Design for Learning approach allows us to think critically about ways to creatively engage children with and without disabilities.”,    , “Universal design principles allow us to really make the material come alive for all students so that they can relate more with what they are learning.”, Rebecca Tortello, UNICEF Education Specialist A girl smiles, pencil in hand, in a classroom at Drew Avenue Primary School in Kingston, the capital. UNICEF provides the school with textbooks and other supplies. UNICEF/UNI42231/Noorani Here are the plans for the pilot in Jamaica: Pilot 2021 2022 2023 Results 6 ADTs for grades 1, 2 and 3 6 ADTs for…, Jamaica is the first English speaking country in the region to begin incorporating universal design into its publishing ecosystem but based on the excitement of the experience so far, it certainly will not be the last!, Workshop participant Sesión participativa de trabajo para el proyecto de libros de texto digitales en Jamaica UNICEF As UNICEF, we have a long working history with Jamaica seeking to expand access for ALL Jamaican students to quality education and active citizenship. This has motivated us to: Complete the revision of the national special education…, Watch this mini parenting masterclass on caring for children with disabilities, Besides ADT project, we have worked with Special Olympics Jamaica to increase its volunteer network, extend its healthy athlete screenings, and train coaches in safeguarding through sports methodology. We have also placed specific emphasis on the national early screening, identification and referral pathway that begins with the UNICEF-funded…