Iconic environmentalist visits school

The Roots & Shoots Programme is raising awareness around the plight of baboons in the Western Cape. Their campaign is called Hands Up for Baboons.

British environmentalist and anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall visited Forres Preparatory School on Tuesday February 14. Forres Preparatory became the first school in the Western Cape to become a registered member of Dr Goodall’s International Roots & Shoots Program in 2011. Dr Goodall told the children that each one of them could make a difference in the world and that the future of the world’s environment and animals rested in their hands. The Roots & Shoots programme inspires a love and respect for all life on earth so each year Forres pupils choose an Earth, People and Animal Campaign and design ways to raise awareness around them. “As a young 10-year-old, Dr Goodall had a dream of coming to Africa and living among the wild animals. She encouraged the Forres pupils, in the words of her mother, to have a dream, work hard, take advantage of every opportunity and never give up.” said Forres director, Kim van der Hoven.