The administration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode is not relenting in its drive to increase access to Coding Education for Lagos residents through the CodeLagos initiative. This is affirmed by the commencement of the 3rd session of CodeLagos Out-of-School programme on Monday June 4, 2018 in 12 centres across the State.
Riding on the successful completion of the 2nd session of the programme last month in four Out-of-School centres including Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Isolo Public Library, Ilupeju Public Library; and Onikan Youth centre, eight new centres have been added to the programme.
This session, the eight new centres to begin CodeLagos include Ikeja Secretariat Library; Ipaja Public Library; Meiran Public Library; Methodist Primary School, Ikorodu; eRead Africa Learning Centre, Surulere; Action Health Incorporated, Fadeyi, Rotary Vocational centre, Igbogbo and Innovation Centre, Lekki. According to the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, this expansion guarantees that the programme can reach more Lagosians in different parts of the State.
It will be recalled that CodeLagos, which began its pilot in 67 Primary and Secondary schools including Government and Private schools across the six educational districts in May, 2017 exposing over 5464 students to the CodeLagos Coding Framework commenced the Out-of-School programme in October, 2017 to cater for Lagos residents not within the school system.
So far, the CodeLagos has trained over 31,000 lagosians to code with programming languages like Scratch, Python, HTML, and CSS.
As part of preparation for the classes and the State’s commitment to quality learning experiences for the students, new CodeLagos facilitators were trained last week. The CodeLagos Out-Of-School facilitators amongst other things increased their expertise by relearning the basics of syntax, creation of ‘script’ and assignment of data to variables.
CodeLagos Training Partner, Dipo Olagbegi during the training highlighted the importance of professionalism in the conduct of trainers. He made the facilitators aware of the huge responsibility ahead of them, which will require total commitment.
1,260 students are expected to be trained in this session.
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