SystemSpecs, PricewaterhouseCooper, and other corporate partners have joined the Lagos State government once again to develop ICT skills in young people across the state as the 2018 edition of Code Lagos kicks off on Monday, August 6, 2018.
CodeLagos is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education aimed at making coding education accessible to Lagos State residents. This is to position the residents of Lagos State to approach the world of work as problem solvers, develop innovative solutions to local problems and meet the growing demand for tech skills.
The program launched a successful pilot phase in 2017 with 23 Government schools and 32 Private schools. Since then, it has been expanded to 130 Government schools and 145 Private schools.
Code Lagos is a public/private sector partnership. Its partners include SystemSpecs, PwC, ARM pensions, Oracle academy, and Siemens. Supported by its corporate partners, the scheme has set up several centres across the state where young people are taught how to solve problems using programming languages like Scratch, Python, Java and HTML . As of May 2018,it has up to 12 centres with the introduction of Blockchain Technology to its curriculum.
The scheme aims to teach 1,000,000 Lagosians to code by 2020.
CodeLagos is already trending on twitter as its handle posted this morning to announce the commencement of the 2018 season:
“It’s the day we all have been waiting for; Monday 6th August 2018 – the commencement of the
#CodeLagos Out-Of-School Programme. Today, we start of with Web Development! Watch this space for updates!”
“Classes also started in our first-ever all-female
#CodeLagos Centre at WTec, Lekki. This is a very important to us because it is part of our commitment to further promote the advocacy for more #WomenInTech.”
Many people have been reacting to the commencement of the scheme, tweeting feedbacks from across Lagos State.
One person said:
#CodeLagos participants at the Isolo Centre had the opportunity to express their profound appreciation to the Lagos State government for such a wonderful platform to learn digital skills which they believe will give them an edge in a tech-centric world.”