#BeMore2022: Preparations in top gear, as training of selected Matrons commences

.. about 350 Girls to participate

Preparations for 2022 edition of the BeMore Summer Bootcamp 4girlsnaija have reached peak, as an intensive two day workshop commenced today for selected Matrons/ Assistant Matrons who would serve as guardians of the girls.

The training, organised by the management of BeMore Empowered Foundation, an initiative of the First Lady of Ondo State, was aimed at educating the participants on their roles, responsibilities and expectations as Matrons/Assistant Matrons when they resume to the bootcamp.

Addressing them on day one of the workshop, held at the Rotunda hall of the government house, Akure, today, the BeMore Technical Coordinator, Mr. Bassey Obeten, said the training became necessary considering some changes in the activities of the programme, most especially change of venue from Ilara-Mokin to Mabest Academy, Akure.

According to him, there’s a need for those who had served as Matrons in previous editions to adjust to the changes, while the newly selected ones should brace up for the task ahead.

He informed them that the programme was designed for the less privileged girls who would be coming from different backgrounds, hence, the need for them to get prepared and be ready to tolerate and take adequate care of them.

He used the medium to announced that 311 had registered to participate in the programme, so far, with expectation of 350 before the week ran out.

He added that the girls would be divided into groups according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for easy monitoring and supervision.

They received training on different topics that are germane to activities in the camp on how they’ll deal with every segments of the programme, including Monitoring of the girls, which was handled by the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu team members.

Taking them through a topic, “Building Mental Capacity of Girl Child through BeMore Initiative”, a human Resource expert, Mr. Martins Lawani, emphasised the need for the Matrons to take good care of themselves and trash out any issues that could serve as distraction, before resuming to the camp, in order not to transfer aggression to the girls.

The Human Resource person, who reminded them that they couldn’t give what they don’t have, charged them on the need to be good ambassadors to the girls, in attitude, character and habits they’ll display.

He added that as Matrons whose responsibility was to impact knowledge in the girls, they must demonstrate good habits worthy of emulation by also observing the laid down rules and principles.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender Research and Documentations, Mrs. Temitope Daniyan, who doubles as the BeMore Welfare Coordinator and Counsellor in the camp, took them through some attributes of a good Counsellor, as she disclosed that they would also position themselves as Counsellors for the girls.

Other trainings they received today include how to guide the girls during the ICT class as most of them might not have had prior knowledge on how to operate a computer system; and evaluation reports of last year edition which was coordinated by the BeMore Chief Matron and Personal Assistant to the Founder, Mrs. Lizzy Akpan.

The training continues tomorrow.

Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Media(Office of the First Lady)

📸 Gbenga Fasakin

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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