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[Benin] MEST, Mind Education Special Training program that will change Benin

The Mind Education Special Training (MEST) program was held at the Benin Center from October 13th (Thu) to 15th (Sat). The MEST program consists of a total of 90 hours of training to become a mind lecture expert and is divided into three sessions. The 1st MEST was held from May 26th to 28th, and the 2nd MEST was held this time. About 100 people attended, including government officials and NGOs, who were connected through the youth camp in September. In order to learn about the mind in depth for 3 days and 2 nights, the schedule was held from dawn to evening with lectures, group discussions, and presentations.

The trainees listened to mind lectures for a total of 8 times, 4 times each morning, afternoon, and evening. Local mind instructors from Benin gave lectures on various topics such as listening, interaction, desire and self-control, deep thinking, and sex education. The president of The Hunger Project, an international NGO, actively agrees with the lecture that he cannot control his desires and needs a mentor while listening to sex education, and expressed his impression that it was an honor to be able to attend this MEST.

After listening to the lecture, the trainees had group discussions and had time to accurately review and organize what they had learned by writing a lecture plan. After the group discussion, they actually gave a lecture through a three-minute presentation and received feedback from mentors to make up for the shortcomings.

Pastor Seonghwan Kim, the main lecturer of MEST, started a mind lecture on the topic of wounds in the heart and social problems. ‘The root cause of the broken heart is the weak heart. Because of sin, everyone has a weak heart, and if we wash away our sins with the blood of Jesus and accept the righteousness of God, we will have a strong heart that can solve all problems.” He preached the gospel of the forgiveness of sins powerfully.

On the last day there were written and oral exams. The trainees studied the minds they had learned so far and had time to practically evaluate what they had learned.

Subsequently, students who actively participated in the program and performed well in the exam were awarded prizes, and certificates of completion were awarded to all trainees.

Trainee Impressions

"I received mind education about sex today. So far, I have not been educated about sexuality by school or by my parents. Without sex education and lack of knowledge, you will make the wrong choices and your life will fail. But now I have hope. The instructor taught us that when we face temptation, we can gain self-control by looking back and interacting with ourselves. I will grow a lot more after completing this program. Thank you very much." (Madogocha Georgias / Head of Corporate Management and Supervision)


"I am the world's best designer who will change the world. I heard a lecture on listening, and the thing that impressed me the most was that you have to empathize when you listen. Empathy when listening is said to allow you to fully understand the other person and get into the skin of the other person. Before I sell my products to my customers, I need to ask, listen and empathize with their interests. When you hear your child at work as well as at home, I know that I need to be empathetic to truly listen. These are also the best things I have learned from listening. thank you" (Beauteng Karlet Zakiatz / Teacher at Olabode Foundation Fashion School)

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