A local recording artiste has suggested that Jamaica institutionalise the International Day of Peace as a step towards combating the current wave of crime and violence.
Scantana, a rapper, made the comments as he launched his poem, “Peace of Mind”, which was part of activities Wednesday commemorating International Peace Day hosted by non-profit organization, Peace One Day,
“When Peace One Day reached out to me to partake in this special day, I hopped on board because I recognise that this is an initiative that needs to take root in Jamaica in light of all that is taking place around us,” Scantana said.
“Initiatives and activities that bring awareness to the importance of peace are to be embraced. It is an initiative that I would love to see schools getting involved in and other core groups, who can have a long term influence on the type of Jamaica we have going forward, “ he added.
According to Scantana, raising awareness about the importance of peace is a critical first step in the fight against crime and violence.
“Everything begins at the level of the mind and in this way having days that commemorate peace ultimately serve to raise public consciousness,” Scantana said.
“Having terms like peacemaking and diplomacy enter the public consciousness are a powerful currency that we can build on, and ultimately shape a better Jamaica,” he added.