I’m thrilled to share that last Thursday on 14th March we collected a very special trophy for winning Mad Hatters Nursery their first ever Award! This was from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots education programme for young people. Roots & Shoots encourages children to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment by providing teachers with free resources and activities.
Resulting from the Conservation Art workshops I led in Summer 2018, Mad Hatters were merited with a Bronze Award for that term in recognition of their contribution in achieving a better world for people, animals and the environment. Everyone at the nursery school is very grateful and deeply honoured by this, and Team Mad Hatters did a great job of showcasing all the artwork along with what, and how the children had learnt through it. The trophy really does sparkle and somehow Rose managed to negotiate with Mrs Chiverton that the trophy will alternate between our house, and the nursery, on a weekly basis to keep everyone happy!
Teachers and parents alike continue to report back to me the real impact my workshops are having on the children, and as such, Mad Hatter’s have had me back to run my Conservation Art workshops on a weekly basis since Summer 2018, simply because they’ve been so positively received.
When I was a little girl Jane Goodall was a shining inspiration to me – particularly with her ground breaking work on chimpanzees – and was part of the reason I chose to study Anthropology BSc at UCL, so to have been given the Award by Dr Jane herself was an incredible honour. Not all of us get to meet the people who have inspired us in a lifetime so I was sincerely grateful and felt very lucky indeed. Hopefully now I’m putting the knowledge I learnt at Uni to good use by helping future generations grow up with Conservation in mind too; to protect and preserve our wonderful world, and all that inhabit it.
It was the most incredible day and we thank Roots & Shoots for making it one that none of us will ever forget, but really it was a day to celebrate hope for the future; a day to celebrate how the children of the future already are, and will be the change for a more environmentally friendly, sustainable and kinder world. For more info you might like to visit www.doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk