*Get coded for free as 500 schools join initiative
By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos
As part of efforts to further broaden access to coding education for Lagos residents, the Lagos State Government has expanded the CodeLagos initiative to Out-of-School centres with classes expected to commence on Monday 13th November, 2017.
The initiative is expected to position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa by training one million Lagos residents to Code.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Sunday, said classes will commence in four centres: Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Ilupeju Public Library, Ilupeju; Isolo Public Library, Isolo and Onikan Youth Centre, Lagos Island. Four classes will hold daily from 8:30am to 4pm in these centres.
Bank-Olemoh said the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, gave the Ministry of Education a clear mandate to prepare Lagosians for the economy of the future which is going to be technology driven, adding that CodeLagos was initiated as a response to achieving same.
According to him, the CodeLagos Out-of-School programme will provide access to coding Education for interested Lagosians aged 16 years and above, who are currently not in any primary or secondary school in Lagos State.
Explaining the Out-of-School programme further, Bank-Olemoh said that the classes will run for six weeks, Monday to Friday, one hour 30 minutes per class. The classes will cover Web Development and Fundamentals of Java and Python.
The CodeLagos project initially kicked off with its pilot phase in July this year rolling out in primary and secondary schools in Lagos State, including Government and private schools. Currently the program has been expanded and is running in about 150 schools in the State.
By January 2018, the programme would have expanded to a minimum of 500 schools across the State, while the
Out-of-School program will expand to all the public libraries and selected community centres in the state.
The CodeLagos programme is totally free for participants.