On Thursday, October 20th, the Lagos State Ministry of education came one step closer to realizing the goal of teaching 1,000,000 students to code by 2019, with a strategic session aimed at critically reviewing the project implementation plan.
The high-level session was hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers at the company’s Victoria Island office and drew to the table stakeholders from major tech companies and other committed partners.
“We have clear objectives and we have thought through the model. Now we’re inviting industry experts to critique it and point out any gaps we may have overlooked,” the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh commented in an opening statement before presenting the Code Lagos vision, objectives, and roll-out plan.
Organizations represented included Google, SystemSpecs, IBM, OLX, the
German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, among others. Also present were members of the Lagos State Executive Council, including Prof. Ademola Abass (Special Adviser, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment), Mr. Akin Ashade (HC Economic Planning and Budget), and Mr. Wale Oluwo (HC Energy & Mineral Resources), andMr. Femi Odubiyi (HC Science & Tech) represented by Mrs. Gbemisola Kayode-Bolarinwa.
Alongside asking key questions to seek clarification on technical aspects of the project, session participants offered feedback that was in consonance with the proposed project work plan, affirming that Code Lagos is a necessary response to the new realities faced by Lagos State (and the country as a whole) in a technology-driven era.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Uyi Akpata, (Country Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers) expressed the commitment of his organization to the initiative, pointing out its potential to have far-reaching impact.
An official “unveiling” of the project to prospective partners is scheduled for mid-November 2016.