CodeLagos is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education aimed at making coding education accessible to Lagos State residents.
Why Teach Code?
As we strive towards an economy in which technology is leveraged to enhance the lives and promote the livelihoods of Lagos State residents, it is important to prepare our citizenry to meet new workforce demands, harness the benefits of technology, and communicate in the language of the future.
CodeLagos is positioning residents of Lagos State to:
- Approach the world of work as problem solvers
- Develop Innovative Solutions to local problems
- Meet the growing demand for tech skills
- Harness, create, and leverage on local & global opportunities
The program launched a successful pilot phase in 2017 with 23 Government schools and 32 Private schools. Since then, we have expanded to 130 Government schools and 145 Private schools.
To reinforce our goal of making coding education accessible to 1,000,000 Lagosians, we opened up 4 Out-of-School coding centres at our public libraries and youth centres training them in Scratch, Python, Java and HTML Programming Languages. As of May 2018, we have scaled up to 12 centres with the introduction of Blockchain Technology to our curriculum.
A fundamental component of the initiative is human capital development. By teaching individuals to code, we empower them to become value-creating employees or job creators in any field they choose to pursue. This also pertains to our facilitators. There would be no CodeLagos program without our facilitators, most of whom are teachers from participating schools – who are deployed to deliver the training in both Government and private schools, as well as in out-of-school centres. Since its inception, CodeLagos has held 14 facilitator training sessions with over 285 facilitators equipped with the knowledge and skills to train others to code.
For a transparent and sustainable program, CodeLagos operates a Public-Private Partnership model. Our Private Sector partners include PricewaterhouseCoopers, SystemSpecs, ARM, 9Mobile, Oracle and Siemens, have provided both funding and technical expertise. PricewaterhouseCoopers serve as our program implementation partners.
CodeLagos is currently impacting the lives of over 31.000 lagosians with more than just tech skills but with also enhancing their capacity for logical reasoning, problem solving, design thinking and creativity to enable them thrive in the 21st century