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How Lagos is building the next tech giants

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the implementation of the next phase of the CodeLagos initiative following the successes achieved with the first phase of the initiative which trained over 15,000 individuals.

The initiative, which has set the goal of teaching 1 million Lagos residents basic coding skills, was initiated in 2016. The government has recently indicated interest in expanding the reach and scope of the project to cater for more Lagos residents through its “In–School” and “Out-of-School” pathways.

Giving progress report on the programme and the commencement of the new phase, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh stated that next phase of the exercise is set to roll out across 5,000 primary and secondary schools, as well as 50 Out-of-School centres by December 2018.

“Coding classes will commence on April 9, 2018, in four centres – Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Isolo Public Library, Isolo; Ilupeju Public Library, Ilupeju; and Onikan Youth Centre, Onikan. Additional centres including other Lagos State public libraries, community centres and private training centres are scheduled to roll out in a few weeks,” he said.

Bank-Olemoh also disclosed that plans are at advanced stage to commence coding classes in 400 primary and secondary schools across the 6 Educational Districts in the State – both Government and Private – in the coming academic term set to resume this month.

“We will continue to train students in Scratch, Python and Mobile App development, depending on their level.  This term, we will also be introducing Oracle’s Alice and Greenfoot programming languages, through a partnership with Oracle Academy,” the Special Adviser said.

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