IB partners with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in support of youth-led community action


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United by the mission to promote leadership skills, teamworking, critical thinking and compassion in young people, the IB’s Festival of Hope is partnering with Roots & Shoots. 

Active in 62 countries with over 10,000 groups, Roots & Shoots is a youth-led community action and learning program founded by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and the Jane Goodall Institute. Through Roots & Shoots, young people are able to connect with each other around the globe to start their own groups to work on projects that make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Through this partnership, IB students are invited to start their own projects through the Roots & Shoots organization.

"This is why I work so hard to spread our Roots & Shoots program for youth…Each group chooses three projects to improve the world for animals, for people, and for the environment, then they roll up their sleeves and take action. The youth is my main hope for the future,” says Dr Jane Goodall.

Founded in 1991 and starting with 12 Tanzanian high school students, the Roots & Shoots programme aims to inspire, empower and encourage young people all over the world. It shows them how to follow their passions, take action together and become the change our world needs. Designed to unite the global community around today’s most challenging issues, the Festival of Hope is an initiative that creates spaces for millions of young people to speak up and turn complex challenges into positivity and hope.