Unforgettable. Moving. Eye-opening.
These are some of the words that spring to mind when our Roots and Shoots members recall last Thursday’s unique experience- meeting Dr. Jane Goodall, the founder of Roots and Shoots, in person. After weeks of anticipation and nerve-racking preparation, those hours spent with Dr. Goodall were our very dreams come true.
The presentations took place at WAB on 13th November, 2014. Each international school present (WAB, ISB, BCIS, WAY, CISB, and many other local schools) was able to share their empowering experiences as part of the widening Roots and Shoots community.
Roots and Shoots began with twelve Tanzanian students in Dr. Goodall’s back yard- we are now over 150,000 teams in 138 countries worldwide. And all of us share a need to improve the world around us- to be part of a generation that will find creative solutions to our biggest problems by emphasizing the power of a single thought; a single individual.
Dr. Goodall shared with us her fascinating past- she first began to study chimpanzees over half a century ago in Tanzania. What struck us most was the way she spoke about animals- she gave them names and spoke of their feelings, their thoughts. She reinforced our message of hope and truly taught us a new perspective. Upon reflection, Dr Goodall showed us that the mission of Roots and Shoots has become a part of who we are.
To our immense pride, when Dr. Goodall heard our passion for changing the world, our numerous projects and ideas, she looked at us in the eye and told us, “Keep doing exactly what you’re doing.” And we will.
Update from: Marta Perez Fernandez, Year 13 student, BSB Roots and Shoots Co-ordinator
Students who attended Roots and Shoots Conference:
Marta Perez Fernandez Year 13A, Chloe Shi Year 13B, Nae Manongi Year 13B, Sarah Baroni Year 8