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Out and About with our Young Beekeepers

Future Sparks

Starting in September 2021, AIB launched its Future Sparks schools programme, designed to “join the dots for young people and their teachers as they navigate the transitions and key life moments within the stages of formal education.”

The programme is intended to serve as a platform for schools to share their learning as communities of best practice. Teachers are encouraged to share their input and expertise, with industry sharing their stories and learning tools to further strengthen skills-based learning for young people in Ireland.

A key feature of the programme is an online series  ‘Future Sparks TV’, a teen-centric approach to real-life stories sparking off conversations and further learning.

One of the episodes focuses on Elizabeth Byrne of Ballyhaunis Beekeepers’ Association, who was selected to talk about her experience with beekeeping. Elizabeth was presented with her Young Beekeeper of the year 2022 award by Paul O’Brien, President of FIBKA, at the FIBKA’s  Summer School in Maynooth University.

FIBKA President Paul O'Brien presenting a trophy to Young Beekeeper of The Year 2022 - Elizabeth Byrne
International Meeting of Young Beekeepers

International Meeting of Young Beekeepers

FIBKA organises a team of young beekeepers to represent Ireland at this annual international meeting of young beekeepers. The IMYB is an annual meeting for young people interested in beekeeping. 

The non-profit event (IMYB) started in 2010 and has grown to become the largest international meeting for young beekeepers worldwide.

It is designed for participants aged from 12 to 17 who compare their knowledge and skills, establish new friendships and discover other countries and cultures during the 4-day event.

Around 36 European countries participate as well as teams from other continents.

The meeting itself combines a competition focused on beekeeping and a diverse social and cultural programme during which participants have the opportunity to socialize and make new friends. The competition involves practical as well as academic disciplines and it tests the knowledge and skills of young participants. The main objective however is to motivate young beekeepers and promote the idea of beekeeping as well as provide them with a social and cultural experience.

IMYB recognises it is our young peoples’ passion, interest and skill that will help preserve the future of beekeeping and move it forward. For the individual participants, it offers the experience of a lifetime.

FIBKA organises the selection and training of the Irish team. The team consists of 3 young people aged 12 -17, together with a member of the Youth Development Panel who is responsible for the team members for the duration of the event. Travel expenses and the cost of food and accommodation are covered by FIBKA and the host country.

FIBKA holds special training days for the team and we encourage anyone who is considering applying for the IMYB in future to come along. These offer a great opportunity to meet the team members and find out more about the event. We are always looking for candidates to join future teams and these give potential participants a feel for what the IMYB is all about.