Lagos State Government is leaving no stone unturned in her quest to equip 1 million Lagos residents with the skill to code by 2019.
In the words of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, “we know it is a bold and ambitious initiative, but we are confident that as Lagos State, we can make it happen.”
The CodeLagos initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, which was unveiled to the public November 2016 has commenced in primary and secondary schools across Lagos State.
According to an official of the Ministry of Education, this soft launch serves as the pilot for a program positioned d to be the biggest of its kind in Africa and “is giving the Ministry an opportunity to test our assumptions as well as our implementation plan, preparatory to a more robust execution process of the project in September.”
A few successes have been marked in this pilot phase, including the onboarding of 60 public and private schools out of the 500 identified for roll out as coding centers in 2017. Among these are: Corona Schools, Chrisland, and 25 government schools across the six education districts.
To date, 187 individuals have been trained as Master Trainers or facilitators to deliver coding classes to students based on the Coding Education Framework (beta) developed earlier this year.