While the children at Liss Junior School are carrying out their projects on The School We’d Like, the children in Class P7 had come up with a detailed proposal as to what they would do with 20 Million Shillings (approximately £500).
KAFURO PRIMARY SCHOOL BEE KEEPING PROJECT.
Self sustaining economically independent community through sustainable and conservative use of own resources by empowering the young generation through practical participation and involvement.
Entrust the young generation in community leading development through innovating clear solutions to the world challenges by partnership development and proper resource management.
An exciting question was set before our class (Primary seven) and we had to look for answers for the right question we had received which read “What would you do to improve your school, if you were given 20 million?”
In our class, we decided to make some guide lines of discussion to make sure that if given 20 million Uganda shillings, is used to the maximum and create impact to the community, the country and the entire world at large.
Our aims and goals to achieve the proper use of 20m in improving our school:-
- The set project should address basic needs of the school, the entire community and the entire country Uganda.
- It should be environmental friendly in the sense that it does not affect the environment in a negative way but only improve its quality through conservational living.
- It should initiate practical learning among learners and improve practical skills by aiding through providing learning plat form to both the community and the school.
- It should be self reliant after a set period of funding.
- Should develop a sense of future self reliance through providing and equipping the young generation with the basic skills through partnership and skill training using the set project
Discussion about the project to set:
This was a point that we had to come to after general setting of the goals and aims in the general discussion in a guided discussion.
- Tree planting Project.
This is one of the most environmental friendly practice in which a forestation practice provides protection to the quality of the environment by maintaining its quality and keeps the land and general environment more virgin hence increases the protection of ozone layer, prevents global warming and there is sure deal of getting fresh air to breath as carbon dioxide is removed from the air by photosynthesis process .
In addition, timber can also be sold to gain some income to the school.
But leaving other factors constant, all the planted trees could be affected by the wild animals which come up in the village during the night and destroy the planted materials especially the elephants.
It would also require buying of land and this is very expensive for the school and would make achieving of our goals more difficult as it requires too much money.
2. Class construction project. It was due to mention since our young nursery section class is in bad conditions and we also need to help and construct a better class room for the innocent children in our school. This also required more money to do it and even the community will have less benefit and it would encourage learning in primary level and no skills would be gained by several people outside Kafuro Primary School.
3. Hiring land and planting crops.
This would be one of the best ideas as it increases food in the community and help solve the problem of poverty and food shortage.
All this was nothing with wild animals still invading the places and the entire community of Kafuro destroying six months of hard labour.
BEE KEEPING PROJECT AT KAFURO
This was the most important and qualifying project to set up in Kafuro community to improve the school and have a helping hand to the “problem animals” as faced by our community.
The following factors were discussed by my fellow students in class Primary seven to back the “BEE KEEPING PROJECT” at Kafuro Primary School as being the best option we can do:-
Why bee keeping project at Kafuro
- Elephants cross from the Queen Elizabeth National Park into Kafuro community farms destroying up to 6 months hard labour in one night.
- Elephants are afraid of bees
- Making bee hive fences at the park boarder would serve as natural barrier against the Elephants and other wild animals which flee from sound of bees.
- On top of saving communities’ crops and hard labour, our Bee keeping project will be diversifying the income to the school and entire community through honey sales, wax, propolis and other wax products like candles, shoe polish and glue.
- It serves to improve the craft industry through making candles and other products.
- Honey from bees serves to cure some local diseases and boasts diet in the community hence improving health through better feeding.
- The fairly protected farm and Apiary, serve as Agro- tour for both local and foreign tourists to understand our local challenges and the young generation set solutions by using possible environmental friendly and biological means/ methods.
- Also bees as the most endangered species will be given a home to live in and carry out their social activities to improve the quality of the environment such as pollination of crops.
- The bees’ barrier reduces conflict between villages and elephants which contributes to elephants’ conservation and love of the park and general wild life. This idea contributes to our school to reduce the cost of bee keeping by having free land for investment in Queen Elizabeth National park reserved land part between peoples land and the park.
- The idea to chase Elephants away as well as making learning through conservation more meaningful, will also attract a number of volunteers who will be able to come and support our activities.
Having realized that “A BEE KEEPING PROJECT” was the best we could do; the budget for 20 million was drawn by our class Primary seven as guided by our teacher Mr. Yowasi Byaruhanga.
PROPOSED BEE KEEKING PROJECT BUDGET- 2013
|1.||Bee hives||160 hives||80000/=||12,800,000/=|
|3.||Stocking bees||80 swarms||36,000||2,880,000|
|4.||Bee feeding||4 times @ year||150,000/=||600,000/=|
|6.||Poles||2 poles @ hive||(260 x 2) x 5000||1600,000/=|
|7.||General continuous supervision||2 persons||150,000 @ month||300,000/=|
|8.||Labour(installing hive/ establishing hives||20 people x two days||6000/=||240,000/=
|10||Suits ( includes, gloves, veil etc)||12 pieces||100,000/=||1200,000/=|
|11||Bee Brushes||12 pieces||10,000/=||120,000/=|
|14||Planting flowers||2 years ( 4 seasons)||300,000/= @ year||600,000/=|
|16||Slashes, Pangas and hoes||30 ( 10 @ item)||10,000/=||300,000/=|
Twenty two million four thousand thirty eight thousand shillings.
Considering the most important requirements to apply in an Apiary of 160 hives, the top budget was made by pupils in Primary seven 2013, Aided by their teacher Mr. Yowasi Byaruhanga.