Adults and children alike find the world of bees fascinating. However, often we only think about the honey bee. In fact, there are over 20,000 bee species worldwide, most of which are wild bees. Bees are important for plant pollination – and, thus, for the production of many agricultural crops, helping ensure we all have enough, healthy nutritious foods for a balanced diet.
For this reason, Bayer is interested in providing educational material for school children to understand the importance of pollinators to agriculture and how this brings food to our tables. Based on the teaching units of "Pollinator Diversity and Agriculture", pupils gain a better awareness about the needs of the pollinators, what factors may affect their health and what we all can do to improve bee health. Through the course of the learning module, they learn about the differences between conventional and organic farming and are encouraged to consider what could and should be the agriculture of the future.
Honey and wild bees are important for the pollination of plants - and thus also for agriculture and thus for our nutrition.
The educational materials on "Pollinator Diversity and Agriculture" can be downloaded free of charge and are designed for those in German secondary schools in general or vocational schools (in Germany). They consist of three teaching units: "Bees and Biodiversity", "Bee Health: Honey Bees and Wild Bees" and "Agriculture Today - Their Importance and Challenges”. The material also comes with notes for integration into lessons and a handbook for teachers, suggesting additional material.
The teaching module "Pollinator Diversity and Agriculture" issue is published by Eduversum GmbH in collaboration with the Bayer Bee Care Center.