The Lagos State Government moved a step closer towards realizing her goal of training 1 million Lagos residents to Code by 2019 with the CodeLagos Master Trainers’ Workshop that held earlier in the month.
The workshop which had 107 persons in attendance over a 3-day period of practical training was aimed at equipping them with the needed knowledge; skills and competence not only to understand the CodeLagos Coding Framework but to effectively impart the knowledge on others.
During the press briefing that held on the first day of the workshop, The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh announced that the training of Master Trainers would equip the partcipants with the knowledge and skills to teach afterschool coding classes for the CodeLagos programme. The trainees were selected following a rigorous screening exercise, which commenced in March 2017. According to Mr. Bank-Olemoh, “these Master trainers will go on to train over 1,000 CodeLagos facilitators who will eventually be deployed to different coding centres across the State. In this way, CodeLagos will create employment and business opportunities for Lagosians in the technology sector.”
The Executive Director of SystemSpecs Limited, Mr. ‘Deremi Atanda who was also at the briefing, expressed the continued commitment of the organization to support the laudable initiative. In his words, “the greatest asset of a State like Lagos is the growing youth population. The choice to empower them is the wisest decision the State has made, laying a good foundation for the emerging knowledge economy. We are convinced that CodeLagos would do just that.”
The 3-day training ended on a great note with the Special Adviser present to chat with the participants. He told them that they play a critical role in the successful implementation of the project. In his words “No matter the efforts we have put into the planning and strategy for this project, its actual success is dependent on your commitment to do all it takes to make it work.”
Mr. Bank-Olemoh highlighted the contribution of the private sector to the CodeLagos project, thanking ARM who have committed to setting up 15 centres. Other companies that have recently partnered include PricewaterhouseCoopers, SystemSpecs, Etisalat, Oando Foundation and Oracle Academy, to mention a few, who will be setting up clusters of coding centres.
CodeLagos will officially launch this April, with a roll out of coding centers across public and private schools as well as public libraries across the State.