With the Code Lagos initiative, there is surely a future for coding and programming in Lagos State, after all. The Code Lagos Out-of-School initiative has just concluded classes for Batch 2 participants and is prepping to hold classes for a new and much larger class.
Batch 2 classes commenced on April 9, 2018 at four centres across the state. The centres include Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, Ilupeju Public Library, Isolo Public Library, and Onikan Youth Centre in Lagos Island. On its official Twitter handle, the initiative trained 566 participants as Batch 2 participants.
The training equipped participants with essential coding skills including Java and Python programming, as well as HTML and CSS web design skills. The participants appreciated the learning experience.
This is quite an impressive feat, considering that the Code Lagos initiative was launched way back in 2016 but did not accomplish much until talks about it being rejuvenated late last year.
Code Lagos Raises Number of Participants
While basking in the euphoria of successfully completing the Batch 2 training, Code Lagos has taken on a new challenge. The initiative has announced June 4, 2018 for the commencement of Batch 3 training. And this time, it is hoping to train 1,260 Lagosians!
This may still be a long shot from its audacious goal to train one million Lagosians by 2030. But bumping up the number of participants proves that the initiative may keep expanding its reach to more people.
Also, unlike the previous batches, Batch 3 will accommodate more training venues in Lagos. These venues will include areas such as Yaba, Surulere, Isolo, Ipaja, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ilupeju, Meiran, Fadeyi, and Onikan. Between them, 12 centres will serve as venues for the forthcoming training in June.
This is a laudable move by the Lagos State Government; to train one million people to code may seem a tough call, but Code Lagos is showing that it is geared up for the challenge.
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