Nigeria: Lagos State Government to Set Up 500 Coding Centres for Code Lagos

The Lagos State Government (LASG) is to set up 500 Coding Centres in preparation for the launch of Code Lagos, an initiative to teach about 1 million students in the state coding by 2019.

The Coding Centres will be set up in schools, public libraries and community centres across the State. 300 of the centres will be set up in partnership with private organisations by April 2017.

Already, leading financial service providers in the country, ARM has partnered the government to set up 15 centres.

“ARM will be setting up 15 centres and these centres will be established in Low Income Schools in line with His Excellency, Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s commitment to promoting inclusive governance and qualitative education for all citizens,” said Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education.

He added, “This, we intend to achieve by providing equal access to knowledge for all Lagosians regardless of their socio-economic status and location.”

Managing Director of ARM, Jumoke Ogundare stated the organization was excited about the partnership with LASG on the CodeLagos initiative, saying the project was in line with the commitment of the firm to improve continued access to education for all.

Announced late last year, CodeLagos, which will commence in April 2017, seeks to empower all students in the state for 21st century demands. The initiative will make Lagos State the technology frontier in Africa.

To ensure the initiative achieve its goals, the government partnered private sector players, international agencies, and multinationals across the education and tech industries.

 

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