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CodeLagos expands to Out-of-School residents


Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

As part of efforts by the Lagos State Government to further broaden access to coding education for Lagos residents, CodeLagos Out-of-School centres will commence classes on Monday, November 13, 2017.

The initiative, which will position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa commences in four centres – Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Ilupeju Public Library, Ilupeju; Isolo Public Library, Isolo and Onikan Youth Centre, Lagos Island from 8.30am to 4pm daily.

A statement released by The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, mandated the Ministry of Education to prepare Lagosians for the economy of the future, which will be technology-driven. Therefore, the CodeLagos project was initiated to facilitate the training of interested individuals aged 16years and above.

Explaining the Out-of-School program further, Mr. Bank-Olemoh said the classes will run for 6 weeks, Monday to Friday, 1hour 30 minutes per class, will cover Web Development plus Fundamentals of Java as well as Python and will be attended by those not currently engaged in any primary or secondary school in Lagos State.

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 public and private schools and has been expanded to run in about 150 schools across the State.

By January 2018, the program, which is absolutely free for all participants, is targeted to expand to a minimum of 500 schools across the State, while the Out-of-School program will be conducted in all public libraries and selected community centres in the State.

The CodeLagos Project is expected to train one million Lagos residents.

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