The joy of the 2019 class of BEMORE girls knows no bound as they have been exposed to so many opportunities that would make them change the narrative about woman as a weak, second class creature.
It is now the sixth day of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp in Ondo State, the brain project of the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and the girls have started testifying to the knowledge and skills they have acquired so far.
During a tour to the BEMORE training camp, some of the girls who shared their experiences with this writer, said they never knew that the programme was such a life-changing one, as some of them confessed about their lack of basic computer knowledge prior to the Summer Bootcamp programme.
On her part, Nancy Orisamoluwa who is a returnee, affirmed that she had been equipped with skills that would enable her attain maximum potential, and be self-employed. ” I have gained a lot of things like how to make solar for chargers, make-up, I learned how to operate computer better; last year we were taught how to do solar panel, and this year they are teaching us how to install it on a roof”, she narrates.
Folakemi Wale-Suuru, a fresher, who is already an undergraduate, said, “When I got here, I was first discouraged and upset that why did my mother bring me here? But as time goes on, I discovered that no knowledge is lost, because there are many things we were taught here that even from my 100level to 300level in the university, I have not heard anything about them”.
A BEMORE Ambassador, Christianah Madufe Chukwu, said she has been introduced to a wide knowledge of technology in terms of computer programming, installation of mini-grid solar panel. “last year, I went into cake-baking, this year I’m into shoe-making, and we were being taught how to make sanitary pad this year, new things are being introduced yearly”, she said.
Another new BEMORE girl, Ajenifuja Janet described her experience as awesome, stating that she has been empowered with skills like making needle works, operating computer. ” I can now make sanitary pads for myself”, she affirmed.
Mrs. Akeredolu who was at the camp to see how the girls are faring, in terms of welfare and learning performance, said some hidden talents have been discovered among them.
” I ate their lunch to be sure that they are well fed, and the food is well-balanced. I am also an executive learner learning how to play violin; I just had my lesson. We are gradually building BEMORE orchestral, in the nearest future, our girls would be playing different instruments”, She said.
The BEMORE initiator who always take part in the early morning exercise with the girls, described the programme as a ground for grooming talents, a university of life full with endless opportunities.
She noted that by the time the girls complete the training, they would BE MORE than the assumption of the society about women folk.
The SeedDev programme manager for middle-east Africa, the official technical partner of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp facilitating ICT training for the girls, Mr. Boaz Olajuwon noted that the world is in the era of digitalisation, and that digital skill is an important key to unlock unending opportunities.
The SeedDev officer who was caught at the middle of coordinating ICT training session at the BEMORE camp, noted that the ICT training was designed to fully equip them with digital skill to put them in right position them for the future.
The BEMORE Chief Matron, Mrs. Adefunke Akpan disclosed that the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp initiative is spreading wide as she has been receiving feedback from outside the state.