The Making of a Tech-Driven Lagos

The Making of a Tech-Driven Lagos

Since the unveiling of the CodeLagos Initiative in November 2016, the State Government has been working tirelessly but circumspectly to roll out the implementation plans for the project in the second quarter of 2017. CODELAGOS, an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education is aimed at training 1 million people to code by 2019 is already referred to as a pioneering initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa.

Ahead of the official launch in April 2017, the State Government has actively engaged several stakeholders including the Organized Private Sector, various Old Students’ Associations, Private School Administrators and other strategic stakeholders within and outside the State to set up coding centers across the State. According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, …

“these collaborations will also ensure the sustenance of project and ultimately help to attain the set goal of raising 1 million problem solvers in the State.”

Currently in the works is a Coding Education Framework is set to be launched in February. This framework was developed with technical inputs from both local and globally recognized computer science and education experts. Key components of the framework include; the Basics of Computing Systems and Coding Concepts as well as the Essentials of Computational Thinking. Other critical areas covered in the framework include Life Skills (Beyond Coding) and the Business of Coding.

In April, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will officially launch CodeLagos, including the roll out of 500 centres across the State. Already, the initiative is attracting high level partnerships from socially responsible organizations such as Oracle, Etisalat, ARM Pensions to mention a few, who have confirmed their commitment to set up centers.

We will gladly welcome more partnerships as we progress towards a Tech driven City.

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