Friday 27 November, 2020

US radio show talks COVID-19 impact with Caribbean children

"Action Jackson, Tamera Fair and Arion Goslin during their Facebook Live show.

"Action Jackson, Tamera Fair and Arion Goslin during their Facebook Live show.

"Trust God!"

Two words, out of the mouths of babes that encapsulate what they think everyone should be doing during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Not many people are taking a minute to ask children how COVID-19 is affecting them but six children got to share their thoughts publicly recently.

Barbadian Arion Golsin, son of Barbados Christian Reggae singer Gozzy, was one of these special guests on a US radio show 'The Brunch Bunch'. Due to COVID-19, the radio show has been hosted via Facebook Live.

On Thursday's show (April 23), the hosts Marseil “Action” Jackson and Tamera Fair decided to focus their attention on children and how they are affected by COVID-19.

When asked, “What’s happening over there on the islands?”, Arion initially told the hosts that it’s going great. “Well, the great part about it is that I get to spend more time with my family. We do devotions together, we play games together, watch movies and it gives us more time to talk on what were basically issues before COVID-19 impacted us.”

However, Arion expanded his response further, stating that it has also been devastating.

How exactly?

Well, he is not able to go to school and see his friends neither can he practice the sports that he is involved in. He loves to play football, basketball, cricket, tennis.

So how is he adjusting to life at home?

“I would usually in my house find some room and just pick up the football and start juggling and practising some moves and preparing for what will happen when COVID-19 goes away…and be ready for football season." And luckily, Arion says he has not broken any furniture in the house...yet.

The 12-year-old was also one of the participants of the local #extempochallenge where artistes shared various messages around the COVID-19 topic. His positive song received over 12,000 views across social media platforms. He says that he got access to the track from his dad along with his mother.

 

During the interview, Arion was asked, “What would you say to a young person right now to encourage them?” He responded saying, “…I wrote that song to give encouragement…to stay strong during this time and always be positive no matter what…Even though we are going through this challenging time you should always know that God has your back”.

Meanwhile, over in Grenada, 11-year-old Favour Akasie is having a different experience.

Favour is a homeschooler so her routine has not changed significantly. Despite this, she says that she misses church and her friends at church. Since she has experience in the online schooling system, Favour advised children to find a quiet place to study. Like Arion, she too believes that we should all not be fearful but "put our trust in God".

How are your children being affected by COVID-19?

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