Is this a reflection of the future of Jamaica? Or is this just reality, simply go where the grass is greener!
According to The National Youth Values and Attitudes Survey conducted in April last year, 43.2 per cent of respondents below 18 said that they would be willing to relinquish their Jamaican citizenship to live in another country.
Assuming that the results of this survey is accurate, it seems that a significant number of Jamaican youths do not believe that the current economic climate in Jamaica can provide a prosperous future. Many feel more investment is needed to create jobs and a foundation for a brighter future.
To put this in perspective, I watched the video below of young Jamaican children, and couldn’t help but asked the question, in a few years from now will these kids have the same feeling about the country of their birth as these 4 out of 10 Jamaican teenagers?[embedplusvideo height=”509″ width=”640″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/15glTll” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/hO9xrR_9VJ4?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=hO9xrR_9VJ4&width=640&height=509&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep4029″ /]
As a Jamaican I feel a sense of sadness. I understand that this is a survey and perhaps do not represent the majority of Jamaicans but this is not good news for our future.