May 2013 ceremony
This year, the Jane Goodall’s Roots&Shoots ceremony gathered 350 students at the European Parliament. Students, age 6 to 22, coming from different schools based in Belgium (French, Dutch and English speaking) presented their projects around Animals, People, and the Environment (APE).
Dr. Jane Goodall herself was present to listen to the students and hand over their certificates. Jane was delighted to see so many young people taking action for lonely people retirement homes, for amphibians, pet shelters, showing their results of the CleanupCHIMPions and Recycle4chimps campaigns of JGI Belgium, becoming a chimp guardian with their class, making wildlife gardens, taking part in the annual Peace Dove Parade, making recycle art, and even up-cycling plastic bottles. Afterwards, she gave a presentation and answered many questions coming from the young audience. At the very end, she also made the famous Flemish youth books writer , Marc de Bel , the first JGI Knight for Youth, Animals and Plants in the Order of the Oak Tree.
The Jane Goodall’s Roots&Shoots programme was launched in 2011. We started with pilot groups of all ages at international schools and universities. They all presented their projects at the first R&S ceremony in the presence of Dr Jane Goodall in May 2011. In 2012, the second R&S ceremony took place at the European Parliament.