We are delighted to announce the start of an exciting six-year partnership with the Montessori Group. Through the great vision of Maria Montessori, they have led the way in a highly valued holistic approach to children’s education from an early age complimenting the Roots & Shoots values of educating, inspiring and taking action to create a better future for our planet.
The partnership started two years ago but today we are announcing a new six year partnership from 2021.
Despite the uncertainty of the last 15 months, our partnership has gone from strength to strength, culminating this week in an exciting awards event that was for the first time twinned with our member schools in the UAE.
Also, as 2021 marks Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots 30th Anniversary, there is much to celebrate.
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.
Dr Montessori understood the importance of taking children outside into their natural environment. When the child is outside, all their senses are stimulated. Surrounded by the big outdoors, children can explore by touching, seeing, hearing, and when safe, even tasting.
Montessori is the world’s largest global education movement, inspired by Dr Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. It offers a unique child-centred approach to education, used and acclaimed throughout the world. Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children.
Given such synergy between her vision and Dr Jane Goodall’s, a continued longer-term partnership between JGI and the Montessori Group is a perfect fit.
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