Rwanda


Ngororere and Bumba


This is a school introduced to BA by Isobel Blakeley. All the students are profoundly deaf and the school provides them with an opportunity to gain self-respect, skills, and qualifications.

It wants to introduce bee keeping to the curriculum. We spent a week at the school and had a full five-day training course for 4 students, 3 teachers and 2 local beekeepers who are helping the school with the beekeeping.

We covered all the usual topics including bee biology, hive maintenance, apiary maintenance, honey harvesting, wax cleaning and lotion making.

All teaching was translated into both Kinyarwanda and sign language. We also trained the school tailor to make bee keeping veils (we gave her a veil and materials and she copied it).

We bought timber at the local saw mill and built 2 top bar hives. The timber and materials cost about £8 per hive. The school already had about 8 local cylindrical hives.

We also spent time discussing how beekeeping could be taught within the curriculum. The aim is for primary years 4,5 and 6 to have one lesson each week.
The school also has many other future plans for bees and honey.

Kabarore Apiculture Development Cooperative (KADCO). Eastern Rwanda


This is a school introduced to BA by Isobel Blakeley. All the students are profoundly deaf and the school provides them with an opportunity to gain self-respect, skills, and qualifications.

It wants to introduce bee keeping to the curriculum. We spent a week at the school and had a full five-day training course for 4 students, 3 teachers and 2 local beekeepers who are helping the school with the beekeeping.

We covered all the usual topics including bee biology, hive maintenance, apiary maintenance, honey harvesting, wax cleaning and lotion making.

All teaching was translated into both Kinyarwanda and sign language. We also trained the school tailor to make bee keeping veils (we gave her a veil and materials and she copied it).

We bought timber at the local saw mill and built 2 top bar hives. The timber and materials cost about £8 per hive. The school already had about 8 local cylindrical hives.

We also spent time discussing how beekeeping could be taught within the curriculum. The aim is for primary years 4,5 and 6 to have one lesson each week.
The school also has many other future plans for bees and honey.