The Lagos State Government in its efforts to reduce the rate of illiteracy in the state has decided to take CodeLagos to residents who are not in school.
The Lagos State Government has expanded the CodeLagos initiative to Out-of-School centres with classes expected to commence on Monday 13 November 2017.
The initiative is expected to position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa by training one million Lagos residents to Code.
This was revealed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Sunday. Mr Bank-Olemoh 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 (4) Classes will hold daily from 8:30 am to 4 pm in these centres.
Bank-Olemoh said the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, gave the Ministry of Education a clear mandate to place Lagosians in the right stead 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 program 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 program 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 program is expected to 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.
Bank-Olemoh further said that the CodeLagos has been made free for participants in order to ensure a healthier participation of all who are within the age bracket.