What is Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots?
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is currently in over 130 countries, but the Tanzanian program has an especially rich history. It was founded in 1991 when a small group of Tanzanian students met with Dr. Jane Goodall on the porch of her home in Dar es Salaam. Because these students shared Dr. Jane’s love and concern for animals and the environment they asked her what they could do to help make the world a better place. After a spirited discussion, they decided to start clubs in each of their schools to address relevant issues at a grass roots level. These were the very first Roots & Shoots clubs.
As a powerful global grass roots organization, Roots & Shoots establishes service-oriented clubs in primary schools, secondary schools and universities. These clubs plan and implement projects based on their group’s unique interests, resources and community concerns. Roots & Shoots projects address one or more of the following three themes:
- Care and Concern for the Environment
- Care and Concern for Animals
- Care and Concern for the Human Community
Roots & Shoots is about recognizing that every day in your own way, your club can make our earth a better place to live.
The Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.
Our Core Values
- Love and Compassion
- Hard Work and Persistence
- Knowledge and Understanding
- To implement positive change through active learning about, caring for and interacting with the environment
- To demonstrate care and concern for all animals
- To enhance understanding among individuals of different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, socioeconomic levels and nations through our global communication network
- To help young people develop self-respect, confidence in themselves and HOPE for the future
“Roots creep underground everywhere to make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds and thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.”
~Jane Goodall Phd, DBE
“Although the efforts each of us makes may seem small, the result of our combined efforts makes the world a better place for all living things. Together we can make a difference.”
Roots & Shoots has a holistic approach to maximizing youth engagement. The interests and abilities of the students in each club drive all projects so that they feel personally committed. While the projects vary, our model remains a constant.
Compassion:The engine of your project. Compassion, concern and a desire to make a difference energize young people to tackle problems they see.
Action: The result of learning and planning. Youth-led groups take action through service projects that show care and concern for people, animals and the environment.