Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards 2017

Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards 2017

The Roots & Shoots award ceremony was unlike any experience we’ve had in our lives. The event on 12th January 2017 at Park Hyatt on Sadiyat Island, was attended by an 8 member team representing the school comprising of: Gauri Vinona and Rumaysa Jafer of Grade 9, Surabhi Chandra of Grade 8, Dinesh Karthik, Sankalp Malela and Adithya Sathyanath of Grade 7 and teachers, Mrs. Usha Kumari and Mrs. Janarajani Malalagama.  The excitement amongst us all was tangible. Dr. Jane Goodall, the famous environmentalist, delivered a speech about environmental consciousness that was truly motivating and thought provoking. Each of the participating schools had marvelous displays of articles made from trash and recycled materials.

Each School’s pavilion was visited by Dr. Jane Goodall and everyone complimented us on our displays. This made us extremely happy and boosted our confidence. We presented a short skit called ‘Treasure in Trash’ that all those present at the event, enjoyed.  

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Demonstration on zero waste  garden and presented ‘One seed makes a difference’ project and energy saving day, Zero food waste awareness campaign  and talked about various recycling practices like  cardboard challenge, hat day,  and performed an excellent play on Treasure in trash  on how adults should let children follow their heart with upcyled musical instruments. 

 There was a marvelous presentation on community outreach  PIES–  Diabetes awareness in universal hospital,  breast cancer awareness and blood donation in corporation with universal hospital. Our students brilliant display on major challenges of Abu Dhabi and innovative ways to overcome those challenges deeply appreciated by Dr. Jane Goodall.

Once the participating schools had presented their displays, we were handed our awards, which consisted of certificates, a trophy, and a signed copy of her book. Subsequently, we were taken to the beach at Sadiyat Island to understand the dire situation of turtles in an obstacle course. There was also a treasure hunt on the beach. It was an experience we won’t forget anytime soon. The boys particularly enjoyed the beach visit immensely.

We got to interact with a large variety of people and everyone, both, those managing the event and those participating were tremendously polite. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. It made us feel more responsible for Mother Earth and motivated us to incorporate sustainability in every aspect of our lives.

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