All Jamaicans are being invited to let their voices be heard on why “better public transportation and roads” should become a national priority for Jamaica and other countries around the world, through a video competition, which has been launched by the JAA Junior Clubs.
The My World Video Competition 2014 is being coordinated by the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation through its Facebook Page. It is open to all Jamaicans and forms part of the awareness building initiatives being implemented by the JAA Junior Clubs in schools across the island.
Saffrey Brown, General Manager of the JNBS Foundation, says, “The competition provides an opportunity for young people and adults to engage in the issue of Road Safety by driving the advocacy efforts among their peers, in schools and communities.”
Participants in the video contest are invited to create a 30-second video highlighting why “better public transportation and roads” should be one of the main goals that emerge from the My World, the United Nations Global Survey for a Better World, which is now underway. The survey asks voters to select six global issues that they believe matter the most from subjects including: political freedom, a good education, better healthcare, access to clean water and sanitation, among others.
“Through this competition, we want to highlight why better public transportation and roads should be listed, to possibly become one of the six issues that everyone chooses during their voting,” Ms Brown explained.
The My World Global Survey is being conducted online at vote.myworld2015.organd is intended to assist in shaping the United Nations’ global agenda; and, will in turn, inform its work with governments of member states around the world.
“A vote for better transportation and roads asks that these services should be improved for citizens to allow them to pursue diverse economic opportunities and use services that they need,” Ms Brown noted, adding that “there is urgent need for additional improvement to the road network in Jamaica; and its transport system remains a critical national issue, in terms of road safety and mobility.”
JAA Junior Club members, in the 47 clubs at secondary schools across the country, have been invited to participate in the competition, which is also open to the general public. Entries will close on May 26; and winners will be selected based on eligibility and highest votes.
Three prizes will be presented; and the creator of the first placed video will be awarded a Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone and a $10,000 gift certificate from JNBS. Second place winner will receive ten complimentary driving lessons from the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) Driving Academy; and, the third place winner will be presented with a $5,000 gift certificate from JN General Insurance Company Ltd. (JNGI).
The JAA Junior Club, which was launched almost a year ago in June 2013, is an initiative of the JAA, in collaboration with the JN Foundation, JNGI, the Ministry of Education, the FIA Foundation and the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme.