Ambode Sets to train 1 million students in Computer Programming
The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has launched the CodeLagos programme that will train 1 million programmers by 2019.
According to 2014 stats, there are 18.5 million programmers in the world. The Lagos State Governor wants to add another 1 million by 2019.
The CodeLagos Programme, according to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh is targeted basically at: “Our goal for ‘CodeLagos’ programme is to teach one million students in Lagos State the basic knowledge involved in computer coding system by 2019. This programme will be available to our students from primary to tertiary education level.” He said.
According to him, several programming languages will be incorporated into the programmes curriculum, with special classes for extra-talented students.
That’s not the best part. The Lagos State Government is hiring Nigerian facilitators to get this job done. By January 2017, CodeLagos is going to create 1,200 jobs, including facilitators for the program.
The programme is scheduled to kick off in April 2017 with 500 schools as centres; from primary to tertiary level, private and public. And the state Government is partnering IT companies and important stake holders like System Specs, Google, SAP and Praeklt.