The Office of the Special Adviser on Education organized a Curriculum Workshop with key stakeholders for ‘Code Lagos’ at Neo Café, Agoro Diyan Street, off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island Lagos on Monday, 10 October 2016.
Code Lagos is a programme aimed at teaching computer programming (coding) to students in Lagos State. In the short term, the initiative aims at teaching 1 million students to code by 2019. The scope of the initiative will make it the first of its kind in the country and on the African continent.
The Curriculum Workshop was organized as an avenue to receive input from education and technology experts in the development of a tailored curriculum for Code Lagos.
Briefing attendees on the objectives and implementation model for the programme, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh asserted that Lagos State is at the forefront of positioning students across the State to harness, create, and leverage on local & global opportunities in the 21st century through the Code Lagos Programme.
Stakeholders at the session included representatives from Google, Oracle, SAP, Arc Light Foundation (Lego Robotics), SystemSpecs, MakarioWorks, Wifi Combat Academy, GIZ, and Association for Formidable Education Development (AFED); as well as representatives of the Lagos State ministries of Education and Science & Technology.
The programme, which is set to kick off in April 2017, will be implemented across 500 Centers in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions in Lagos State (public and private), as well as all state owned libraries. In addition, facilitator training and equipment will be provided for vetted organizations or individuals that express interest in setting up Coding Centers in the State.