QSI International School of Sarajevo

Roots & Shoots Chapter

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 


Roots & Shoots began in 1991 with a group of 12 students in Tanzania who were concerned about their environment. Since then, we have grown to over 150,000 members in 130 countries!

Roots & Shoots groups carry out locally and globally based service projects in a variety of places all over the world. These groups get to address the issues that they think are relevant in their community. As long as it involves the human community, the animal community, or the environment, it can be a Roots & Shoots project!

Roots & Shoots is Dr. Jane’s youth-focused organization. She travels around the world meeting with different groups and sometimes attending their annual leadership conferences. If you grew up aspiring to be Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots is a great place to start!

4. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY (or not, if that's not your thing)
Roots & Shoots projects have included everything from tree planting, beekeeping, and habitat beautification, to fairs and festivals, education, and community trips. There’s something at Roots & Shoots for everyone. 

Joining a Roots & Shoots group is a great way to meet people in your community that care about the same things you do. You also become part of an international community of youth that want to make a difference—and you strengthen the human population without even trying!

How are we making a difference?


COMMUNITY - The goal of this objective is to create a connection between our school community and the local community through projects, education, awareness and donations. 


Collaboration with the Daily Center

The Clothing Drive was a HUGE Success! Roots and Shoots collected and delivered 12 large boxes of clothing to the Daily Center!

     4-5 students a week working students from all different ages

     Needs: Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, lotions, clothing, new underwear

     Clothing Drive in November and December 

     QSI will collect funds over the course of the year to support small items needed.


Community Park Redesign School Project 

Wow! What an exciting project Roots and Shoots has going on right now. The Roots and Shoots group has partnered with Dobre Kote, a group of passionate young Bosnians ready to change the world by redeveloping one park at a time. The idea is to redevelop parks and empty spaces into areas locals can enjoy with family and friends.  We are holding community meetings to redevelop the park across the street from QSI. During the redevelopment meetings, QSI students, local children, and adults enjoy free popcorn, and face-painting. The goal is to work with the community to determine their wants and needs for the community park. Community workshop help us understand what should be done to improve the park.  With the approval from the Vogosca Mayor and support from the local news, the project will move forward over the next few months.     


Local School Wall Mural

     Together with local students, QSIS has initiated a project to beautiful the community school by painting a large mural on the entry      wall.

     QSIS has collaborated with local school officials and students to design and create the mural.

     Theme: The Future

Share the Love Food Drive

The February “Share the Love” food drive was an overwhelming success and showcased how our QSI family pulled together to support a community in need.  Thank you for all the donations! Over 100 bags were filled for families throughout Bosnia, with the first 28 bags delivered to Srebrenica this past weekend and 40 more bags delivered, on Wednesday, to local Sarajevo families.  It was great to see the smiling faces of the children and sincere appreciation from parents.  We hope to continue to support families throughout our community in the months to come.  Thank you to the 9-year-old class for sorting and bagging the items, and a special thank you goes out to Jenny and Alen with Swiss Help  for their relentless dedication to helping others.
To view more photos from this project, click the link below.

Read & Feed

The purpose of Read & Feed is to help raise funds, by reading books, to support efforts by a local group, Noble Hearts, in Vogosca. They have been given land by the local municipality to help start an organic berry farm. The goal is to create a place where local families can be supported by growing, picking, and selling berries to feed their families.

Earth Day Community Celebration

All middle and high school students will volunteer their time and give back to children in need. We will be hosting around 70 children during this Earth Day Festival at QSI from 10:00am - 1:00pm on Saturday, May 6th. Children ages 5-14 from our “Swiss Help Group” will have a chance to hang out at QSI and play games, see a clown show, jump in the bouncy castle, get their face painted and more.  Games and activities will be run by teachers and students. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day by giving back!


ENVIRONMENT - The goal of this objective is to raise awareness in both our school environment as well as the local community. QSIS will complete projects that focus on the need to protect, preserve, and enhance our environment.


School-wide Recycling Program 

The 5-7 year old “Little Roots & Shoots Group” started a recycling program. Recycling bins can be found throughout the school as well as posters and educational material to help raise awareness.

All students (preschool - secondary IV) recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum daily.



The Indoor Garden Project

All elementary classes are participating in this project. Students use recycled plastic bottles to grow various types of vegetation, including vegetables, in their classrooms.

The plants were all moved to the QSIS greenhouse and/or the school garden. 

Honeybee Education

The 7-year-old class learned all about bees including how they help our environment and why we need them on planet Earth. If bees were removed from the environment, not only would plants suffer and die, but so would many natural animal species that depend upon plants for their own survival. Loss of honeybees would mean the collapse of our natural ecosystems, so the value of bees aside from the simple production of honey cannot be underestimated. 
The 7-year-old class created an exhibition to educate the entire school on the importance of honeybees. Additionally, a special guest speaker, Mr. Evgenije Zolkevic, a bee keeper, presented very interesting facts about the life of bees. He showed the students his working equipment and even brought bees in a beehive to our school.

School Bug Habitat 

The QSIS preschool class created a bug habitat out of wood pallets. The habitat is used to attract beneficial insects and other creatures to our school garden, add to our garden biodiversity, and educate our students and teachers about insects and their habitats. The bug habitat is located on the east side of the school playground for all to view.    

For more information about this project, click the link below.



Planting Pine Trees

Real, replantable trees were purchased during the holiday season to decorate the school. Each tree was replanted on the east end of the school parking lot. 

Every tree absorbs carbon dioxide and other gases, and emits fresh oxygen. It's nature's filtration system. Pine trees help stabilize the soil, protecting the water supplies and providing refuge for wildlife. These beautiful, scenic belts of trees are often grown on soil that doesn't support other crops, making it another win-win for the environment.

School Garden

QSIS started a school-wide garden project. A school garden is a powerful environmental education tool. Through gardening, students become responsible caretakers. They have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale, learning about the responsibilities and impacts of land cultivation. They explore the web of interactions among the living and non-living players that sustain life.

ANIMALS - The goal of this objective is to raise awareness about the care, understanding, and need of animals in our local and world communities.


Dog Food and Supplies Donation

QSI Roots and Shoots group want you to know that they have been working hard on organizing a dog food and supplies drive.  We are wanting to help the volunteers at the Gladno Pole Municipal Shelter.  As you know, stray dogs are a real problem here in Sarajevo. An important part of being in a community is taking care of animals in need.  These dogs and puppies are living out in the streets, struggling for survival, looking for food, battling diseases and dodging traffic. Thanks goodness there are kind people, like the volunteers at the shelter that are  trying to take care of these dogs and puppies.  But these wonderful people struggle every day to keep these dogs alive.  They need our help!  QSI Roots and Shoots are just the ones to help them!  


The Norwegian People’s Aid Global Training Center for Mine Detecting Dogs

AZI-MINE!!  DANGER!! MINES! The Norwegian People’s Aid Global Training Center for Mine Detecting Dogs held two presentations for QSIS students, staff and parents. Both presentations included a short multimedia presentation, introduction and display of land mines and a presentation of Mine Detecting Dogs from the Global Training Center.

Unfortunately, our host country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is still heavily contaminated with land mines, and it is important to raise awareness on this issue, especially among young people.

To give back and help with this project, QSIS students are working with the Norwegian Dog Training center as an after school activity. One day a week a group of students travel to the training center to help care for and socialize the dogs. 



A Message From Jane Goodall