JTA president urges members to make time for self-care this Christmas
KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Leighton Johnson is urging members of the country’s education system to take time for self-care and reflection this Christmas.
In his holiday message on Sunday, Johnson said as educators, teachers give so much of themselves on the job. Highlighting that the New Year will come with its fair share of challenges, Johnson urged teachers to rest and rejuvenate as 2023 draws to a close.
“During this holiday season, let us not forget to take care of ourselves as well,” he said. “Teaching is a demanding profession and we often put the needs of our students before our own. I encourage each of you to take some time for self-care and rest to rejuvenate your spirits and recharge for the year ahead.”
Johnson also encouraged teachers to embrace lessons learnt in 2023 as they look to the year ahead.
“As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us also reflect upon the valuable lessons learnt during 2023. May we carry these lessons forward as we embark on a New Year filled with hope, opportunities and a renewed determination. Together we can continue to uplift the educational landscape in Jamaica,” he said.
Meanwhile, also noting that Christmas is the season of giving, Johnson also called on Jamaicans in general to extend a helping hand to those less fortunate. He expressed that Christmas should be a season of immense joy, love and compassion thus it is important that one offers help whenever they can.
“As we embrace the spirit of Christmas let us also extend a helpful hand to those who are less fortunate. Our profession is rooted in empathy and compassion and by giving back to our communities we can make a real difference in the lives of others,” he said.