As part of the global Hour of Code campaign, the 548 pupils of Lagos State Model Nursery and Primary School will learn computer skills courtesy of NextGen Africa Initiative. The Hour of Code campaign aims to prove that regardless of age, race or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future.
Hour of Code is the largest education event in history taking place between December 14 and 17 and it is aimed at given every pupil from kindergarten through primary six the opportunity to spend one hour learning computer skills as well as doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds.
“Although technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of our lives, 95 percent of public primary schools in Nigeria don’t teach computer skills as such fewer more students are learning how computers work today than they were doing a decade ago, with girls being highly underrepresented,” said Joshua Alade, NextGen Africa’s team lead.
“Our pupils are among over 5 million already planning to try one Hour of Code during the period December 9 -16 worldwide. NextGen Africa Initiative is organizing the event with the support of AYECI Africa, Andela Nigeria, Virtual Reality Nigeria as well as the Lagos State Ministry of Education and Code.org, to prepare today’s generation of students for skills critical for success in the 21st century.”