#SWMEducateLagos: One million people in Lagos will learn coding by 2019. This is the message brought to the Code Lagos attendees on the final day of Social Media Week in Lagos, held at Landmark Event Centre.
The event, which started on Monday February 27th came to an end as facilitators and participants examine ways in which Nigerians can use social media to better their lives right now and in the future.
In pursuance of the desire to teach one million Lagosians how to code, Lagos States Ministry of Education has unveiled the improved Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, Information Communication Technology
Centre, to augment the existing ICT centres in the state, as well as enhance access to coding centres for the Code Lagos Initiative.
Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Lagos State, who hosted the part titled: “The Future of Education in Lagos State: Powered By Technology,” clearly stated that in spite of what hindrances Lagos State government may encounter in making sure that one million people in Lagos become technologically driven through coding in 2019, there is a positive outlook toward achieving the set goal in Lagos State.
Explaining why it is vital for all in attendance and all Nigerians to consider the seriousness of the issue, Obafela pointed out that “We are creating a city larger than Victoria Island, in fact, twice larger. And that city will be operated through technology. Hence, the need for more people in Lagos to be able to code so as to be able to equip themselves as new opportunities emerge in technology.”
When asked if the coding system will immediately be incorporated into state school curriculum, he clarified that those students, some of which may even begin to learn at primary school level, will do so after school hours at the initial stage.
This programme is believed will be able to enhance the lives of more than one million Nigerians as indicated by Obafela. “We plan to train 100 master trainers who will then scale down to train others.
“It is critical for us that all states do well, so we are hoping that other states replicate this model to make life better for all Nigerians,” he said while answering questions from attendees ate the event.
During his short address, Obafela said there will also be over 1,000 coding centers scattered across the state, affirming that the new initiative is aimed at using technology to drive the economy and infrastructure development of the state, as it is envisioned to make Lagos the technology frontier in Africa.