The European honeybee Apis mellifera plays a vital role in agro-ecosystems by mastering the pollination of one third of the world´s food crops. Apiculture plays a crucial role in the European agriculture, as it contributes to at least 22 millions Euros delivered through pollination of crops. Along with the growing need for pollination services, bee colonies are facing enormous threats linked to climate change, diseases, and parasites. Changes in the land use, the massive spread of monocultures and systemic pesticide used, as well as the overall degradation of the natural ecosystems are neagtive stress factors affecting the survival of managed honeybee populations.
The objective is to increase the competences and skills of trainers and teachers involved in beekeeping through trainings based on blended learning programme that combines online digital media with class teaching. The methodology that will be applied in the project consists basically from three steps: 1. development of an innovative training curriculum and training programme on safe management of the bees 2. elaboration of recommandations for the legislative changes concerning the bees for the relevant stakeholders to implement the changes among the beekeepers practicioners and 3. preparation of the practical guide for the beekeeping company trainers invlved in dual education system. The first output results will be summarized in the training modules containing lectures, reading materails, DVD, questions and anwers, and set of tests.
The cross sectoral project partnership involves 5 organisations from high level research and education public sector in Czech Republic, two Austrian professional companies providing beekeeping trainings and courses, the beekeeping C-VET school from Slovakia and two nation-wide professional associations of beekeepers based in Slovakia and Czech republic. The project activities will reach out directly more than 800 participants coming from the three major target groups of trainers/teachers in beekeeping, the veterinary doctors and the practical beekeepers of all ages participating in the courses run by the project pratners.