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Lagos State to launch coding program for students

In a bid to make Lagos State a technological frontier in Africa, Lagos State Ministry of Education has announced plans to launch a coding program, Code Lagos for all students in the state in a bid to empower them for the 21st-century demands.

Code Lagos programs will see the Government teach about 1 million students coding by 2019, and in the process, make Lagos State the technology hub in Africa. It’s aimed at making coding curriculum accessible to every student in Lagos State which would enable them write codes and solve problems creatively

To ensure this goal is achieved, the Lagos State Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Science & Technology, plans to collaborate with private sector players, international agencies, and multinationals across the education and tech industries.

Already, tech giants such as Google, SystemSpecs, and SAP among others, have expressed their commitment to the project. Also, trainers are already being recruited – 1,200 facilitators will be recruited.

“Through the proposed collaborations, CodeLagos will become a self-sustaining, efficiently-driven ecosystem leading to job creation, business opportunities, and the development of a ‘thinking’ society,” said Mr. Akin Ashade, the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget (Lagos State).

CodeLagos will be launched in April 2017 in 500 primary, secondary and tertiary institutions (private and public) across Lagos State, as well as in all public libraries.

 

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