Lagos State Government on Tuesday February 27, 2018 signed an agreement with leading cloud company, Oracle, on the CodeLagos initiative of the Ministry of Education at the ongoing Social Media Week Lagos event at Landmark Centre.
During the session, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela bank-Olemoh announced the collaboration with Oracle and expressed appreciation to the company for collaborating with the State to provide access to Computer Science Education for Lagosians through the CodeLagos initiative. He also shared that the administration of the His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to exploring and promoting necessary partnerships between the public and private sector to deliver quality governance to Lagos residents, especially in the area of human capacity development.
“We are glad to announce this collaboration with Oracle Academy particularly because we believe it will give impetus to the State’s drive to empower Lagosians with 21stt Century digital skills especially in the face of growing demands in the IT industry both locally and globally.” Mr. Bank-Olemoh said.
“Oracle Academy is delighted to support CodeLagos on this innovative project to train one million students over three years,” said Jane Richardson, Senior Director, Oracle Academy EMEA. Oracle Academy’s Java Fundamentals curriculum and teacher training programs will be a key component of the after-school programs run by CodeLagos in their Code Centres across the State.
“To prepare Nigeria for a fully digitalized economy, driven by technology innovation, more IT professionals and smart innovators and thinkers are needed,” said Adebayo Sanni, Country Leader Nigeria, Oracle.“Oracle is committed to supporting the ecosystem of developers and STEM enthusiasts, and is excited to collaborate with the Lagos State Government on this laudable CodeLagos Project to build a pool of innovative thinkers, problem solvers and IT experts who will be effective in preparing the Nigeria we all desire.
CodeLagos is an initiative of the Ministry of Education which aims to position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa by training 1 million Lagos residents to code. Already, almost 20,000 students have been trained with the CodeLagos “Coding Education Framework” in over 200 centres across the State including Out-of-School centres in Public libraries and community centres.
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