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    La R.U.É.É

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    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    PVT students at École Polyvalente de l'Érablière grew concerned about news reports that the declining bee population could compromise biodiversity.

    Thus was born the idea for La R.U.É.É (Ruches Urbaines des Étudiants de l'Érablière), a project where these PVT students would tend beehives to bolster the bee population in the Outaouais region.To sell the honey they collected, the students would run their own enterprise, which would enable them to acquire entrepreneurial skills.

    Level of education

    Secondary School - Special Education

    Students involved

    12 Students

    Nature of the project


    Results observed

    The participating students became discouraged at times during the project due to the personal challenges each faced: autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dysphasia, dysorthographia, anxiety disorder and attention deficit disorder. But the pride of contributing to maintaining natural biodiversity by increasing the bee population boosted their interest in school. The project let them make a positive impact on their environment by taking bold action that inspired the community to follow suit.

    Involvement and support

    The project was applauded by the community, and there was interest in reproducing it at other educational institutions across the region. One ardent supporter was Apicentris, an organization dedicated to promoting sound beekeeping practices, especially in urban areas. Apicentris president, Daniel Hamelon, advised and mentored the young beekeepers. Jean-Marc Lafrance, an experienced beekeeper, also served as project advisor.

    Major steps

    • Beekeeping theory studied 
    • Beehives prepared
    • Bees tended in their hives
    • Honey gathered and bottled
    • Honey sold

    Project materials needed

    • Hives
    • Protective equipment
    • Jars and stickers

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competency

    Methodological competency

    Communication-Related competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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