By Amaka Abayomi
AHEAD of its April launch date, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, has met with members of old students’ associations in the state to work out modalities on how CodeLagos would work.
CodeLagos is an after school programme aimed at training one million students on coding and will run in 300 coding centers in both public and private schools across the six Education Districts in the state. Centers will also be set up at public libraries and other community spaces.
Speaking at an interactive session with members of various old students’ associations, the Special Adviser, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the coding programme will equip one million young Lagosians with the necessary skills needed to create sustainable solutions to the challenges faced in the state.
He said “Lagos is presently undergoing unprecedented renovations in facilities and the application of technology will further drive the economy and infrastructural development in the state.
“So for us to successfully implement the Codelagos initiative at the scale projected, it is very imperative that strategic partnerships are initiated and maximized, which has necessitated the moves by the state Ministry of Education through the Office of the Special Adviser on Education to partner with different stakeholder groups in the State.
“Old students’ need to be involved in this so as to realise our vision of getting everyone that goes through any school in Lagos State, be it public or private, be knowledgeable in coding. We need the partnership because government can’t do it alone.”
On how the programme would be run, Bank-Olemoh said school in the six education districts would be grouped into clusters and would have trained facilitators that will teach them after school hours.
Also, periodical tests would be carried out on the students to know how well they are learning.