Coding Classes off to a Good Start

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.”

107 Master Trainers Equipped to Train 1000 Facilitators for CodeLagos

The Lagos State Government moved a step closer towards realizing her goal of training 1 million Lagos residents to Code by 2019 with the CodeLagos Master Trainers’ Workshop that held earlier in the month.

The workshop which had 107 persons in attendance over a 3-day period of practical training was aimed at equipping them with the needed knowledge; skills and competence not only to understand the CodeLagos Coding Framework but to effectively impart the knowledge on others.  

During the press briefing that held on the first day of the workshop, The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh announced that the training of Master Trainers would equip the partcipants with the knowledge and skills to teach afterschool coding classes for the CodeLagos programme. The trainees were selected following a rigorous screening exercise, which commenced in March 2017. According to Mr. Bank-Olemoh, “these Master trainers will go on to train over 1,000 CodeLagos facilitators who will eventually be deployed to different coding centres across the State. In this way, CodeLagos will create employment and business opportunities for Lagosians in the technology sector.”

CodeLagos Commences Screening and Selection of Facilitators in Preparation for April 2017 Launch

With the roll out of CodeLagos only a few months away, the Lagos State Ministry of Education on Tuesday announced the commencement of the screening and selection exercise for facilitators for the programme. 

In April 2017, three hundred (300) Coding Centers across six (6) Education Districts in Lagos State will be commissioned, marking the beginning of the CodeLagos after-school programme in both public and private schools – primary, secondary & tertiary. Centers will also be set up at State public libraries and other community spaces. 

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.

Lagos State will Invest in CodeLagos – Gov. Ambode

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday stated that Lagos state government will invest in CodeLagos come 2017. Code Lagos which is an initiative of Lagos State Ministry of Education aimed at teaching 1 million students to code by 2019, will make Lagos State  the technology frontier in Africa.

The governor made this known at the presentation of the Year 2017 Budget proposal of N813 billion to the House of Assembly. The budget which is N150 billion higher than that of 2016 was aptly tagged “The Golden Jubilee Budget” by the Governor because it coincides with the State’s 50th Anniversary. It is also the biggest ever proposed by any Nigerian state.

Gov. Ambode Unveils CodeLagos

His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday November 11, 2016 officially unveiled the CodeLagos Project to the business community as parts of the efforts of His administration to meet the growing technology demand of Lagos, the mega City-State.

Speaking at the event, which had in attendance captains of industries, policy makers, investors, and other education stakeholders from both public and private sector,the Governor, represented by Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, stated that the primary aim of the initiative “is to meet the growing demand for technical skills”. These skills are necessary to drive the economy of the State. It will develop a workforce that would speak a universal digital language and provide solutions to myriad of socio-economic problems confronting the society”.