Beekeeping project at Emwatsi Primary School in Kenya gets international recognition
Emwatsi Primary School in Kenya has been selected as a 2005 international finalist for the Volvo Adventure Award for their project "Biodiversity Conservation through Beekeeping", which is focusing on conservation of natural vegetation, planting of bee forage trees and enterprise diversification. Emwatsi Primary School is an active member of the Lake Victoria Schools Agroforestry & Environmental Education Network, which is jointly facilitated by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
Volvo Adventure was set up to recognise and reward practical environmental action being taken by young people in their local community. It is open to young people around the world aged between 10 and 16 years, working with schools and youth and community groups. Volvo Adventure is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Two teachers and five pupils of Emwatsi Primary School will attend the Volvo Adventure Conference in Sweden from 6 to 11 May 2005 and present their beekeeping project and practical environmental action to a jury of international experts. The project will also been shown to the world by publishing it on the Volvo Adventure website and it will contribute to an international handbook of practical environmental action. Fifteen projects from all over the world have been selected by the jury out of many hundreds of applications. Only two projects from Africa were selected and it is the first time in the history of the Volvo Adventure Award that a Kenyan project has been selected as an international finalist!
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