LAGOS STATE HOSTS LAGOS CODE WEEK COMPETITION TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF ICT KNOWLEDGE AMONG STUDENTS IN THE STATE

The Lagos State Ministry of Education supported by CodeLagos has rounded off a four day Lagos Code Week Competition. The competition which kicked off on Monday, June 25 and was rounded off today June 28 is aimed at students in about 337 schools in the state.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh revealed that schools will be picked for the competition across public and private schools in the state.

According to Itedgenews, Bank-Olemoh said the competition which is in line with the state government’s commitment to prepare residents of Lagos for a technology-driven future will help foster the development of coding skills and raise the standard of ICT knowledge among students as well as help to deepen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) within the context of school curriculum.

While speaking on the competition, the Special Adviser said, “Code Lagos is a response to the mandate by Gov. AkinwumiAmbode to prepare residents of Lagos for a technology-driven future. Our intention through this competition is to foster problem solving and algorithmic thinking abilities among our students by simulating real-case problem solving scenarios.

“By so doing, we will be positioning our students for the 21st Century workforce. We will also be identifying talented young programmers and helping to nurture their skills and expertise,” he said.

According to Bank-Olemoh, the Lagos Code Week would commence with a preliminary competition among the selected schools which would be represented by three contestants each.

He also said  that the  state government seeks to make Lagos a knowledge-driven ecosystem by setting up 1,500 In-school and 50 Out-of-school coding centres across the state before year end.

“Besides, over 1,340 residents of Lagos are currently being trained in the third session of CodeLagos out-of-School programme holding in 12 centres across the state.Some of them are: Ikeja, Ipaja, Isolo, Yaba, Ilupeju, Meiran, Onikan, Surulere, Fadeyi, and IgbogboIkorodu.

“Before the end of 2018, we would have set up 1,500 In-school coding centres and 50 Out-of-school centres across the state.And by our projections, over 150,000 residents of Lagos would have been trained by December 2018,” Bank-Olemoh said.

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