Lessons for Hope is a web-based project written by the Jane
Goodall Institute and produced by the
Center for Applied Technologies in Education at the University
at Buffalo. High school students can learn about Dr. Jane
Goodall's extraordinary life and explore the sources of her
optimism and hope for the future. As part of this program,
students learn about the ways that Dr. Goodall has sustained
herself throughout her 40 years of researching chimpanzees
as well as promoting care and concern for all living things.
As students learn about Dr. Goodall's life story, they examine
their own lives and their communities. The course activities
are designed to give students an opportunity to apply these
life lessons in order to empower them to make a positive contribution
in the world.
The project covers 12 Lessons for Hope distilled from Dr.
Goodall's life and are applicable to everyone. The first unit
includes nurturing a support system, identifying one's hopes
and dreams, and working with mentors. The second unit includes
using powers of observation, developing pioneering ideas and
exploring aptitudes to create Expertise. The third unit includes
gaining knowledge about one's community, exploring compassion,
and designing and implementing a Roots & Shoots project.
The final unit includes: reflecting on resilience, perseverance
and celebration. Click on the Student's
Journal to begin Lessons for Hope.