Why bees are ideal teachers for children

Calm and precise observation, recognizing order in chaos, experience without a task – these were just a few of the points that Jonas Ewert, project worker at the Bienenmachen Schule and head of the conference, emphasized in his opening speech. The ambassador and patron of the initiative, Princess Sophie of Prussia, also focused in her greeting on the relevance of the work with children and young people and drew parallels with the work of the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation.

Forest helps to relax

Professor Ulrich Gebhard from the Faculty of Education at Bielefeld University investigated the importance of relationships with nature and animals in children and young people. He presented some basic positive effects of nature experiences. A 10-minute walk in the forest can reduce stress levels and contribute to well-being.

Value-free communication is possible

It is particularly important that people can be themselves in nature and not be judged. This “value-free” communication is particularly relevant to the relationships that children build with nature and animals. It is now interesting to understand exactly which qualities bees convey and appeal to children.

It is particularly important that people can be themselves in nature and not be judged. This “value-free” communication is particularly relevant to the relationships that children build with nature and animals.

Bees are good for children

In his presentation, the head of the Austrian Competence Center for Biology Didactics at the University of Vienna stated that bees are perfectly suited to communicate educational goals. As professor Dr. Andrea Möller explained that the bee data from the “BeeEd – Education” project clearly shows that just half a day spent with the bees has a positive impact on children’s ecological awareness.

For example, apiaries in schools could help reduce an aversion to insects and stimulate interest in pollinators. The beauty of it is that what is learned can be directly connected to the students’ everyday life, which has a positive effect on learning and attitudes towards nature.

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Petra Bezeljak from the Austrian Competence Center for Biology Education explains the influence of pollination by bees

The practical work with bees in special educational areas and school projects was presented in additional keynote speeches. Graduated social worker and specialist in animal-assisted intervention, Sebastian Rolke, presented his more than 10 years of experience working with bees and young people.

The ability to help and be helped, to discover your own resources and to experience your own limits are just some of the goals of his bi-supported work.

Work with inclusion classes

In their keynote speech “Bee – inclusive”, Heike Uphoff and Birthe Stolper from the school biology centers in Hannover and Hildesheim focused on the work with inclusion classes. Inclusion students need special educational support that covers different areas such as hearing, sight, language, emotional and social development, physical and motor development, learning and mental development.

Thereby, addressing the individual needs and learning goals of inclusion students is the challenge that must be recognized and mastered.

In a total of six different work groups, which were led by experienced childcare workers, the participants could deepen their practical knowledge. The subjects invited to expand and deepen the practical, applied knowledge. At the stands of the Market of Opportunities, participants could get concrete information about the individual projects and initiatives.

Guided tour to the beehives

For all those who wanted to know more about Mellifera, there was still the opportunity to join a guided tour by master beekeeper Norbert Poeplau on Sunday. Poeplau told the 50 people about the association’s beginnings, the basics of beekeeping and beekeeping, that is, keeping bees in trees.

In the most beautiful autumn weather, about 50 people followed his stories spellbound and confirmed how fascinating natural beekeeping is.

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