Schools from across the UK were invited to Regent’s Park, London to take part in a prestigious Awards ceremony in the presence of Dr Jane Goodall this week as part of their global Roots & Shoots programme.
The event took place at the Zoological Society of London’s headquarters – a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats and where Dr Jane saw her first chimpanzee.
Students prepared creative showcases of their contribution in the area of people, animals and the environment and described to Dr. Goodall and the other participants and guests what they had achieved, why it was important and how they would build on their work for the future preservation of the planet.
Schools were presented with certificates and trophies from Dr. Jane Goodall and National Geographic who sponsored the prizes.
The students from The Long Eaton School in Derbyshire took the Gold Award for the Most Outstanding Group and will enjoy an educational trip to Brussels, Belgium, funded by the Belgian Tourist Office, the key sponsor of the programme.
Marc Perez from Canada Blanch Instituto Espanol de Londres won the Most Outstanding Individual Award for his contribution in raising relief funds for the Haiti earthquake disaster.
Tara Golshan, Executive Director said “The projects this year were, once again, outstanding. The young people were creative and highly motivated in their quest to make a difference in the world which was demonstrated by the impact their work was having on our environment and our planet as a whole”.
All photo credits to
Gerdien Wolthaus Paauw/Paauw Photography