Gov. Ambode Approves Phase 3 of CodeLagos

In-school centres increase from 337 to 648

Building on the milestones recorded by the CodeLagos initiative since 2017, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the expansion of the project to enable access for more Lagos  residents. This expansion phase focuses on increasing the reach and scope of the project by setting up more coding centres across the State.

Announcing the commencement of the new session of CodeLagos in Primary and Secondary schools, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Tuesday October 9, 2018 confirmed that the CodeLagos in-School programme for the new session has started in 648 schools across the 6 Educational Districts in the state.

Daniel Adekunle – Security Guard Turn Software Developer!

When Daniel Adekunle was deployed as a Security man to Andela, he was trained to profile visitors, gather intelligence, guard lives and properties as well as ensure the security of the entire building. It didn’t take long for his sense of responsibility to be evident to his employers.

On the other hand, it took awhile for him to really understand what the company was into. Adekunle while sharing his story said, “I thought Andela was a cybercafé, a very good one at that to have attracted such young and sharp guys I saw walking into the building every day.” He was shocked to later realize that Andela was a global company, building a community of world-class developers in Lagos, Nigeria!  He said he never even thought applications were built in Nigeria. “The realization that software applications can and are actually built in the country sparked my interest in computer programming,” he added.

CodeLagos Trains 1000 Teachers for New term

CodeLagos kicked off a 3-day training for 1000 school teachers as part of preparation for the new term of CodeLagos In-School programme. The training commenced Wednesday September 19, 2018 in 9 centres across Lagos State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh while presenting the status report and future projections for the CodeLagos project at a Stakeholders’ session on Tuesday had emphasized the commitment of the State Government to train and retrain CodeLagos facilitators for effective delivery of the Coding Education Framework to students in their various schools.

CodeLagos Out-of-School Beneficiaries share their Experiences

Since the commencement of classes in the 4th batch of the CodeLagos Out-of-School (OOS) programme on August 6, 2018, the 21 training centres across the State have been a beehive of activities.

We are currently in the 5th week of the training programme, and the students, feeling privileged to be part of the free coding initiative, are already on their way to building a career in computer programming.

Some of the officials from the Ministry of Education went around some of the coding centres to get the pulse of the programme and hear firsthand from the participants, as they share about their experience so far. Here are some of their comments.

Lagos State Model College Kankon and Whitesands Schools Lekki emerge winners in Lagos Code Week Competition

Lagos State Model College, Kankon made history after emerging first place winners of the Lagos Code Week competition in the senior category at the grand finale of the week-long Coding competition which held on Thursday, June 28 2018. The school’s 3-man team representatives mesmerised the judges and organizers of the competition by completing all the tasks given in the competition, a feat only accomplished by them. Also, Whitesands schools, Lekki emerged winners in the junior category.