Let’s talk about Sex….. In Schools Part. 1

Something that has been the topic of conversation for years among our peers from the teenages (those who are excited, based on peer pressure/images purported by media houses and the latest episode of your favourite TV series) to the elderly (those from the previous generations that made  mistakes which caused a deep regret) and yet still a taboo topic to many is the subject of sexual activity, in general and more specifically, sexual activity among young persons with our school systems. 

One of the main points in combating the discussion of sexual activity in schools is “at what age are children wise/mature enough, to keep an in depth discourse about sexual activity?” Now let’s go back to the topic being one that’s taboo. With the dawn of the technological era leading to the advent of social media and by extension the introduction of High Speed Internet as a “basic need” in every home our youth are being constantly bombarded with the idea of sexual activity being a regular entity in our livelihood. But is it not? And why was it being stifled as a topic of conversation by those in a higher authority? 

One of the answers to this question was that religions, all in its own rights saw the topic of sex and sexual activity as being something wholly and solely for adults. Adjectives as “sexy” was as close as saying the word “f_ck” in your mother’s house…. Forbidden. Chastity was promoted while promiscuity was a devil’s action, additionally if a child even harboured thoughts of sexual acts they had to be bathed in holy water, repent, say a couple Hail Mary’s or else be shunned by their congregation.

Now fast forward, it’s 2017 and over the years the topic of teenage pregnancy has been, and  is still alive today, the battle between pro-life and pro-choice has become more vocal and parents, ideally, for the most part are becoming more involved in their children’s daily activities. However, most of the same trends that occurred during the times of our parents during yester-year are still happening today….. So why are we so intent on not acting on or changing our approach to an age old problem and that is addressing the elephant in the room.

We Jammin’ Still: Reflections of Trinbago Society


What most of Trinidad and Tobago citizens feel as a result of the most recent murder of another young woman

As the song begins you’re drawn in by the sound of a drum set crashing a ridiculous solo followed by a vibration of sounds all mixing together to produce what many would agree to be the song of the season. Maximus Dan going by the sobriquet of MX Prime is charted to stamp his name into the Carnival history books as a clear favourite for this year’s Road March, and quite possibly Soca Monarch as well. More recently a pore raising rendition of the “We doh business” refrain has been performed by the “Silver Stars” steel band for the Panorama Prelims at the band’s pan-yard. In front of an enthused crowd of steelpan lovers, well wishers, and all throughout Social Media for many to experience some of our culture. One particular video garnering 4000 views in 3 hours and at least 205 shares. As I, along with the rest of Trinidad and Tobago, The Caribbean and by extension the world anxiously anticipate the “Greatest Show on Earth” I think we have been missing the point and a greater message that has been encoded into the lyrics of the song. Every time it plays, it reminds us that we, as a people really ‘doh business’.

Recession doh bother we…. Promote a fete, and you will see…. The treasury could bun down…. We Jammin’ Still’…. Economy could fall down we Jammin’ Still’…. The city, could bun down…. We Jammin’Still!! The building, could fall down…. We Jammin’…

As I begin and continue to write the current murder toll for Trinidad and Tobago has moved from 50 to 60 persons in only 35 days for the year 2017. More alarming is the crimes that have been committed against women in the country, in what can only be seen as the plot of a taken movie. There has been talk that the presence of a kidnapping/organ harvesting ring has emerged here in this country and even though it is hard to take seriously, the constant disappearances of persons and no closure makes it easy to believe. Supporting this is the close proximity Trinidad has with other Latin American countries mostly known to be involved in the illegal gun and drug trade, as well as where hardship has become a daily reality Venezuela being a prime example:

“Kidneys make up 75% of the global illicit trade in organs, Noel estimates. Rising rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems are causing demand for kidneys to far outstrip supply. Data from the WHO shows that of the 106,879 solid organs known to have been transplanted in 95 member states in 2010 (legally and illegally), about 73,179 (68.5%) were kidneys. But those 106,879 operations satisfied just 10% of the global need, the WHO said.”

With porous borders and a lack of a serious approach towards the Drug-Trade/Transhipment hub that Trinidad and Tobago provides, it only leads to a drastic increase in criminal activity in the crudest of nature. What also continues however, is the blame game that each passing and current government administration plays, all in an effort to gain political points towards their next agenda, be it either positive or negative.Screenshot_20170131-094853.png

Statements such as these, made by the former prime minister of the country is tantamount to inciting a riot, violence and vigilantism especially as the population becomes more desperate and demand a solution to the problem of crime and criminality from the powers that be, and with good reason. A new study done by the IDB [Inter-American Development Bank] shines a floodlight on the financial support that the country pledged towards its crime fighting initiatives. And quite frankly it’s a waste of taxpayers money with poor detection rates and lenient sentences for extreme crimes many are disappointed, disgusted and frustrated with the state of affairs in the country. But say what….. We Jammin’ Still’