Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, met with leaders of alumni associations of public and private schools last Friday at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru in Lagos, to intimate them of plans to groom one million pupils and youths on program by 2019.
He urged them to adopt CodeLagos as an initiative to improve their alma maters.
He spoke on preparations for the roll out of the programme, including the recruitment and training of 1,500 facilitators, who would use the specialised curriculum to teach primary and secondary school pupils, undergraduates, as well as youth not within the school system, to code.
Speaking on how they could come in, Bank-Olemoh suggested that old students’ associations should equip and manage ICT centres in their alma maters for the coding classes which would hold 2:30pm-4pm five times a week.
He said they could establish new ICT/digital libraries or upgrade facilities on ground in the schools.
He also said they could pay the facilitators’ allowances.
Old students in attendance included Mr. Tunji Alapinni, a retired police officer and Vice-President of St Gregory’s College Old Boys Association; and Mr Adeniyi Aromolarin, President, Government College Lagos Old Boys Association.
The project is to expand to 500 schools by September.