Hey there my fellow diGgers! My name is Bethany and I am a 16-year-old who has had the pleasure of working in the Gleaner’s Online department for the past three weeks. Specifically, I have been helping with diGJamaica.com, so I got to browsing. What I realised was that I am sorry that I had not discovered this website before I did my CSEC exams. diGJamaica.com provides valuable insight into all things Jamaican, from information on the Amerindians to current IMF happenings. Even though the IMF deal is the furthest thing from young teenage minds, good grades are always a concern. Here are some relevant sections that could help the learning process run a little smoother:
History – If you are a history student, then diG’s Our Past section is the ideal place to go. It offers a wide range of relevant information from Jamaica’s colourful past. This includes articles on the Maroons, English, Spanish and also extras such as a look back at Jamaica’s tramway service.
Social Studies – There are many pages that could be useful to Social Studies students as it relates to the government, courts and Constitution of Jamaica. These can be found in the Resources section under the topic Government Papers.
Biology – The best subject in the world, if you ask me. diGJamaica.com speaks to the scientist in me with information on diseases and disorders such as malaria, breast cancer, chronic kidney disease and autism. It also offers facts about Jamaican plants and animals, and more.
Chemistry – diG also touches on a bit of chemistry with its facts about rare earth minerals found in Jamaica’s bauxite mud lakes. The uses of these minerals are very close to some teenagers’ hearts.
Geography – We live in the land of wood and water, so a website about Jamaica would have something for the geo lover in you. In the Overview section, you will find pages dealing with the physical aspect of our island to ideal tourist destinations, diGJamaica.com helps you to fight the battle. You can also check out the Parish Evolution slideshow that depicts the evolution of Jamaica’s parish boundaries into the 14 we know today.
I hope that you too will also visit this great website to explore and discover even more information that can help you along the long and very difficult learning journey.
Gleaner Scholar Bethany Johnson is a proud Wolmerian who copped eight distinctions in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams. She will begin 6th form in September.