Education and vaccine equality 

Dear Editor,

When students return to a newly formalized hybrid course of instruction possibly this month, if the nation is looking to celebrate more than just a few individuals, then parents and guardians must do more to actively involve themselves in the policy and mechanics of their children’s education by any means necessary.

Kudos to the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP for Englerston and the brand new minister of education and technical and vocational training.

Recognizing the widening cognition gap in education for nearly two years, Minister Hanna- Martin and her executive team have stepped up to the plate. She recently announced a diagnostic initiative that targets every single child in the public school system to see where they’re at and to action strategies and tactics to lift them to where they need to be.

Logistically, this is truly a scientific approach to education. May the results prove the hard work and dedication needed to catapult our students collectively to a higher level before we run out of time, before time catches up with us.

Time has told us that more action must be put into improving the academic and technical achievements of the collective, that middle ground, the average “Ds” and “Cs”.

The high-flyers and the below “Ds” will always manage to flout the norm, but we can surely increase the former and work to lessen the latter. It’s only a matter of time.

More poignant and immediate, we can see the impact one individual may have on the collective when we consider the replication and transmission dynamics of COVID-19’s infamous variants to date — Delta and the latest deviant Omicron.

Africa, the cradle of civilization, the least vaccinated continent, is where Omicron was first identified. 

A question of vaccine equality rests on the premise that unless the least of us is protected, none of us is.

As WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, the “priority must be to vaccinate the unvaccinated.” He issues the call to protect the least protected in every society.

A global cry has been, “We’re all in this together. No one is safe until everyone is”.

Or, as the late Desmond Tutu of South Africa said, “Every person is a sign of God.”

Akua Makini 

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