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Honey production

Bee-keeping in schools

Students at Mukombiwani, a secondary school in Chimanimani, have been keeping bees since 1997. They were given some hives as a donation, but didn’t have any skills or knowledge and have had to learn through trial and error.

At first the hives were put close to the school, which frightened some of the students. Now they have been moved to a gum-tree plantation nearby, and the project is thriving. As deputy headteacher Mr Gwenzi explains: ‘The children see something through from beginning to end. Their curiosity is stimulated. It’s also set up links with local craftsmen - a local carpenter has built more beehives for us.

Many of the students, like Kudzai Sigauke, have become interested in the bee-keeping business: ‘We were very scared of the bees at first because of their bad sting, but we’re used to them now. I’d like to learn more and maybe one day I’ll start my own business.’

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