The Roots & Shoots Clubs in Tanzania are school-based at the primary, secondary and University levels. To start a club at your school you need to take the following steps:
- Get approval from your school principal. Meet with him or her face to face and explain why you would like to start a Roots & Shoots club at your school.
- Ask a Matron or Patron to oversee the club. They will act as a liaison between club members and school administration, as well as the contact person for Roots & Shoots Staff.
- Elect a leadership council including a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Executive Secretary and Treasurer. Establish a “Club Day” scheduled at regular intervals when the Roots & Shoots Club will meet.
- Most importantly, clubs must have at least one on-going project within one of the thematic areas of environment, community and animals.
Members of a Roots & Shoots club should feel a strong sense of ownership and responsibility for the group. Members will attend meetings, elect officers, and select and execute projects. It is important for members to know that Roots & Shoots activities will entirely run by them.
How to Develop a Project
A Roots & Shoots Club Project should address an issue important to the members and shows care and concern for the environment, for animals, or for the community.
Consider the following when developing a project:
- What problem do you want to address?
- Why is this problem important to your club?
- What would you like to accomplish at the end of your project?
- What specific tasks will you undertake to make your project successful?
- Who will be responsible for each project task?
- What resources will you need to accomplish your project?
- How and where will you secure these resources?
- When will you start and what is your goal for completion?
Club members can implement as many short or long-term projects as they wish at any time. However, it is important to choose projects that can be successfully accomplished based on your clubs resources.