Environmental Education for Mabogini Secondary School


After the project "100 trees for Mabogini" started with the tree planting campaign in April 23, the second part of the project was now carried out in August 2023. Our teachers and beekeepers

Jonathan and Rodney,
conducted two days of environmental education at Mabogini Secondary School. This time we talked about wild bees and their importance in the ecosystem and taught the basics of natural beekeeping. Our goal was to alleviate the prevailing fear of bees in Tanzania through understanding about the bees' way of life. The 45 students from different grade levels were very interested and overwhelmed us with questions.
Everyone was very enthusiastic about the possibility of active participation in the lessons.
Great help rubbing lemongrass all the bars of the local beehives
The smell of the lemongrass attracts the wild bees

But a little theory is also necessary.
What products can I obtain through beekeeping?

Honey, wax, pollen, bee venom, propolis, royal jelly

And what does a commercial beehive look like anyway?
Dimensions for a Commercial Beehive
Assembly of a commercial beehive with honey chambers

Still briefly talked about protective measures, because the Tanzanian wild bees are quite a bit more aggressive than our German honey bee.
Then it's finally out to hang the beehives in the school forest.
The lid is well closed with wire

When hanging the Top Bar Hives, care must be taken that no branches touch the beehive. Also, the wire for fastening in the tree must be coated with grease, so that ants do not find their way to the honey.

The two days of training are finished and four beehives are hung up. Now we have to wait for the bees. And with a little luck there will be the first honey next year.
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