Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots began in 1991 with sixteen Tanzanian High School students. Today, it is a global network of young people of all ages who become involved in hands-on projects of their choosing, for their local community, for animals and for the environment. Roots & Shoots groups are now in nearly 65 countries, with members from pre-school through to university, and an increasing number of adults. It is estimated that there are 150,000 groups around the world. The holistic approach of the Montessori philosophy for children’s education from an early age compliments the Roots & Shoots values of educating, inspiring and taking action to create a better future for our planet.
The individual efforts of thousands of youth are making monumental change. With an overall theme of learning to live in peace and harmony with animals, the environment and each other children learn to respect others and break down barriers between nations, religions, cultures, old and young, rich and poor, and between humans and the natural world. And they understand that every individual has a role to play and makes a difference every day.
Our collaboration started two years ago, however has recently developed into a six-year partnership from 2021. Given such synergy between Montessori’s vision and Dr Jane Goodall’s, a continued longer-term partnership between Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and the Montessori Group is a perfect fit.