After a fortnight of intensive training in Information Communication Technology ICT, renewable energy and other life-changing skills, the 2022 Bemore Summer Boot Camp holding at Mabest Academy, Akure, Ondo state draws to a close today, September 3.
The camp had opened on Sunday, August 21 with 378 girls who arrived from different parts of Ondo and Imo states.
The opening ceremony which held on Monday, August 22 was graced by eminent persons including the deputy governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedetiwa; Chief Olusola Oke, who chaired the occasion, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, the traditional ruler of Oke-Ila Community and Senator Bola Olajumoke.
Of course, the founder and wife of the governor of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu was on hand to admit the girls to camp.
With the opening ceremony concluded, the business of the camp kicked off in earnest.
The girls were drilled in several topics on ICT, solar panel and installation as well as inculcated with skills in the areas of fashion designing, make-up, bead-making and soap-making.
A UK-based organisation introduced fashion designing to the girls on day 13 of the camp.
The founder of the organisation, Mrs. Chinelo Bally came with an electronic multipurpose sewing machine, took the girls through basic ideas in fashion designing, which include, measurement, radius, cutting and sewing process.
Reacting to the training, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, commended Mrs Bally for the gesture in sponsoring girls for the programme and also sparing her time to train girls in fashion designing.
Mrs Akeredolu announced the possibility of continuing the fashion design training online with Mrs Bally, since the girls had been equipped with ICT knowledge and would go home with laptops.
The girls were also administered with a computer-based examination in Solar Technology and ICT, to test their level of understanding of all the topics they were taught.
The best graduand otherwise known as the valedictorian would be announced during the graduation ceremony.
There was a sit-out with the founder where some of the girls displayed their talents in singing, dancing, public speaking, breast cancer advocacy, amongst others.
There was also an evaluation exercise for all girls about their observations on every aspect of the camp’s activities.
As the girls leave the camp for their homes, after the graduation ceremony holding at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), they are doing so completely transformed with skills that will help them compete favouably in today’s world.
Obviously, STEM-E( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics-Entreprenuership) is no longer a scare to the girls.