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Roots & Shoots Program

Roots & Shoots is the global, environment and humanitarian educational program developed by the Jane Goodall Institute.


Brant was one of the first Roots & Shoots groups in Canada.

“The 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 the environment, animals and the human community.” – Jane Goodall Institute

The tools for effecting change are:

  • knowledge and understanding,
  • persistence and hard work,
  • love and compassion,
  • respect for all life.

“Roots spread underground and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem small and weak, but to reach the light, they can break through brick walls. The roots and shoots are young children. The brick walls are all the problems that we humans have inflicted on our planet.”

At Brant, we have developed a Roots & Shoots curriculum around three themes:

  • Care and compassion for the environment
    • teaching children respect for property and the natural environment
  • Care and compassion for animals
    • teaching children respect for animals through our two resident dogs, Devon and Ripley
    • by being involved in Jane Goodall’s Chimp Guardian Program
  • Care and compassion for the human community
    • teaching children to respect each other
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