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Tue 23 Nov 2004

SAS Ecoclub featured on Jane Goodall's webpage

Category : news

The Singapore American School's EcoClub is an integral part of the biodiversity community here in Singapore. They are active in numerous projects, have worked with numerous organisations; highlights include the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, the Mandai Reforestation Programme and the Sensory Trail at Pulau Ubin.

The club is also part of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots and has raised funds for several programmes. 'Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when 16 concerned Tanzanian students approached Jane about wildlife and conservation issues and left with a mandate to connect with their peers and take action on behalf of people, animals and the environment.' Today, "Roots & Shoots is a global network of more than 6,000 groups in 87 countries and still growing."

It was with great excitement they learnt today that when you mouse over the Human Communities section of the Roots and Shoots homepage, the Pulau Ubin Sensory Trail project is mentioned!

It says, "The Roots and Shoots Eco Club at the SIngapore American School created a nature trail for the blind. Students now act as guides for visually handicapped individuals along a trail that includes Braille signs and various sensory experiences. Linking people with the environment, this project sends a powerful message of hope."

Honourable mention indeed!

Responding to this, the club's Martha Began immediately pointed out that not mentioned was that the "Singapore Community, High School SAVE Club members, SAVH and NParks, as part of the Adopt-a-Park program, are also key supporters and partners in the Pulau Ubin Sensory Trail."

Read about human community projects around the world in Lessons for Hope.

Jane Goodall carries with her a toy monkey she was once given by a sightless magician. He apparently said, "If a blind man can do magic, you can conquer the world.". This is the message she carries to children around the world. Thanks to Kate Thome for sharing this story.

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