Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 85
The peace dove kites are a fun Peace Day activity for kids in schools around the world. With their teachers and classmates, kids build giant peace dove kites, and in the process learn about peace building. Then on Peace Day they invite parents, friends and neighbors for a big celebration and a parade with the kites. Classrooms all over the world, in nearly every country, will be building kites and holding parties, on a per teacher basis. The information is available online, and teachers everywhere are encouraged to use it to create activities for their classrooms. Many of the schools near you will be participating, but there is no central directory, you must do a little investigating to find out about your own neighborhood. Meanwhile, Dr. Goodall has quietly been making change on a very grand scale, without any fanfare. She has been teaching youth from preschool through college to take action to help others. The Roots and Shoots clubs are making change in almost 100 countries – a whopping 8000 locations to date. These study groups learn respect for all living things and work to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Groups have access to one another through the Roots and Shoots website and even collaborate across continents. Below are a few reports that demonstrate the powerful impact these groups are making – each a small contribution that united with 8000 others translates into massive change. These youth will go on to be leaders who create a better world through their professions as adults. They will influence others and set new precedents in policy and procedure in every industry. Dr. Goodall is an amazing example of how far reaching the passion of one person can be. ture of wild animals including Dr. Jane’s threatened chimpanzees. Dr. Jane was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop a grassroots style solution to problems. Although Dr. Jane was involved in their meetings, the project was carried out totally by the teens. This first–ever Roots & Shoots project was local: educating villagers about more humane treatment of chickens at home and in the region’s markets. It was a small program, but encompassed all the hallmarks of what makes Roots & Shoots so special even today: youth-driven projects fueled by knowledge, compassion and action. North carolina A Roots and Shoots group in North Carolina learned about a Roots & Shoots group on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Poverty on the reservation is some of the worst in the United States, and a Roots & Shoots group of youth there were struggling to plant community gardens without tools or money for supplies. The North Carolina group gathered donations of tools from local vendors, raised $2000 through fundraising efforts and even received a vegetable oil powered school bus to make the trip to South Dakota. After their visit and support, there are flourishing gardens on the Pine Ridge reservation and the youth in North Carolina are gathering information and canning supplies to help their Pine Ridge friends preserve their harvest for winter. Kenya These are a few of the Roots & Shoots club projects (excerpted from RootsandShoots.org). Tanzania In 1991, 16 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss a range of problems they knew about from first-hand experience that caused them deep concern. Their discussion covered many topics that weren’t in their school curriculum including pollution in the city, deforestation in the mountains, the welfare of domestic animals and the fu- Erasto Njavike began as a Roots & Shoots club member and now, 15 years later, coordinates more than 1,600 Roots & Shoots groups in Tanzania. He will be part of the ASK Speaker Curriculum Program, where 110 Maasai boys and girls ages 6-10 will discuss environmental protection, health and wellness, wildlife and habitat conservation and ethnic and cultural diversity. Each lecture will be videotaped and made into a documentary that ASK will take around to nearby villages and schools. ASK hopes that this speaker series will help expand local school curriculums to include basic lessons of conservation, ecology and tourism. The cost of the speaker curriculum is $100,000 (USD). The ASK staff have already raised $25,000 (USD), and are still accepting donations. www.askenya.org/donate.html www.worldpeaceemerging.com 85
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