.. as groundbreaking of permanent centre holds August 28
The Founder of the BeMore Empowered Foundation and wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has declared that the groundbreaking ceremony of the permanent centre of the initiative would hold on Sunday August 28, 2022.
The centre is where the annual summer bootcamp for girls would be holding after completion.
She made this known on Tuesday at the two day workshop organised for Matrons and other officials who would participate at the 2022 Summer bootcamp coming up August 21st.
Appreciating the participants for their commitment to the advancement of the girl child, through the BeMore initiative, the Ondo First Lady noted that the capacity building training became necessary to close the gaps identified in last year’s edition.
She hinted that the programme was an outcome of the 2021 evaluation and a move to improve on the last year’s performances.
According to her, she founded the initiative through her experience as a growing teenage girl concerning the challenges the girl child faced as she grows up to womanhood.
She added that the initiative was founded with a sincerity of purpose to close the gender gap in technological field, and to make the girls aware of themselves and their environments.
Narrating the challenges and difficulties faced to earn people’s support for the programme at the initial stage, the BeMore Founder, hinted that now, many parents are interested in enrolling their daughters having realized the enormous benefits derived in the programme.
Mrs Akeredolu who took time to participate in the interactive sessions of the training, emphasised the need for massive sensitisation about the Sustainable Development Goals in secondary schools, saying citizens knew nothing about it.
She informed of the new knowledge that would be impacted in the girls including training on Sexual and Gender-based violence, making of Adire, and Hackathon.
“The beauty of this initiative is witnessing the growth and advancement of these girls becoming responsible young women. I appreciate you for focusing on the girls. You are all relevant.
“This is a team work geared towards development, empowerment and advancement of the girl child”, she said.
Mrs Akeredolu used the medium to inform them about the reason for the change in venue due to insecurity situation and that all needed facilities were available at Mabest Academy.
The day two workshop, which was a way of equipping the participants with a level of knowledge about all what the girls would be exposed to in the camp, featured trainings on SDGs and how each of the 17 goals was connected to the objective of the BeMore initiative.
They were also taught basic health tips and first aid to manage emergency situations, which include how to do Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), how to rescue victims of shock, fainting and choking.
Others include education on how to conserve energy, water and other natural resources; they were trained on how to guide the girls engage in all camp activities.