The Lagos State Government is on again with a new innovation in building the career of the Lagos youth and the future of the state at large.
On Wednesday, the state government approved additional 5,000 Coding Centres to be opened in primary, secondary schools and 50 out-of-school centres, as part of efforts to teach over 1 million Lagos residents basic coding skills aimed at making the State the technology frontier in Africa this programme was initiated and launched in 2016 by the Lagos State Ministry of Education
Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to the state governor Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, made this known in a statement at a news conference in Alausa on Tuesday.
Coding which is the process of creating computer software, applications and websites. Coders or programmers are people who write the programmes in computers.
This additional coding centre was a way of showing that the Governor, Gov Ambode was pleased with the success of the first phase of the Code Lagos initiative which has trained over 15,000 individuals.
He said: “The aim is to expand the reach and scope of the project to cater for more Lagos residents through ‘In–School’ and ‘Out-of-School’ pathways
The special adviser, Obafela Bank-Olemoh further continued in his statement that by Monday, April 9, coding classes will commence in the Out-of-School Centres, which will cater for Lagos residents who are above 16 years and are not currently in any primary or secondary school in Lagos.
“Coding classes will commence in four centres – Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Isolo Public Library, Isolo; Ilupeju Public Library, Ilupeju; and Onikan Youth Centre, Onikan.”
Bank-Olemoh also disclosed that plans were at advanced stage to commence coding classes in 400 primary and secondary schools across the six Educational Districts in the State both Government and Private in the coming academic term set to resume this month.
He assured: “We will continue to train students in Scratch, Python and Mobile App development, depending on their level.
“This coming term, we will also be introducing Oracle’s Alice and Greenfoot programming languages, through a partnership with Oracle Academy.”
In addition to this, there is also a partnership with private organisations, adding that an agreement has been concluded with one of the leading financial service providers in the country, ARM.
According to Bank-Olemoh, “ARM will be setting up 15 centres and these centres will be established in Low Income Schools in line with His Excellency, Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s commitment to promoting inclusive governance and qualitative education for all citizens.
“This, we intend to achieve by providing equal access to knowledge for all Lagosians regardless of their socio-economic status and location.”
Bank-Olemoh further says the partnership with ARM demonstrates the commitment of Governor Ambode’s administration to equip citizens with the necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting the State.
In her remarks, Managing Director of ARM, Jumoke Ogundare said the organization was excited about the partnership with Lagos State on the CodeLagos initiative, saying that the project was in line with the commitment of the firm to improve continued access to education for all.
It will be recalled that the registration and screening of facilitators for CodeLagos started last week and is ongoing.
At the end of the process, 1,500 facilitators would be selected and deployed to centres across the State.
Bank-Olemoh said that coding was the language of the future which was why the state government gave the mandate to prepare Lagos residents for the future economy.
He said: “I believe we can educate one million people in the language of the future.
“Our success in Lagos State will create a ripple effect across Nigeria, and if we can change Nigeria, we can change Africa.
“If we can change Africa, we can undoubtedly change the world.’’