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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Buzz Clubs is a school-based scheme originally started in 2012 at a school in Stroud. In 2016, Stroud Beekeepers Association funded Bees for Development to take the scheme to Ghana, choosing two pioneer primary schools to get the project off the ground. These schools have produced their first "graduates", who now move on to their next steps in life with knowledge and skills to carry on their beekeeping.
Ten pioneers of The Buzz Club at Kranka RC Basic School (photo, right) successfully graduated. The children took the opportunity to entertain everyone present in a drama which ended with a powerful message - that everyone can benefit from learning to keep bees.
At Agomeda Presby Basic School (left), the club has struggled to produce honey until this year, but was able to celebrate harvesting about 38 Kg of honey from the apiary in July. It seems that drought and bushfires along with the short flowering season of local mango trees influenced poor previous seasons. The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana and the chief of Agomeda were present at the ceremony along with some opinion leaders in the local community.
We have exciting plans for expanding the future of Buzz Clubs, helped greatly by some positive developments in Ghanaian schooling. Originally, we set out to help students fund their further schooling through the scheme. Secondary education recently became offered free to all in Ghana, and lesson time is more widely available for teaching of non-curriculum studies such as beekeeping and related topics. Our Master Beekeepers in Ghana will get involved in helping schools get involved with more schools in future,.