Ondo schoolgirls begin training on coding skills

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A total of 100 girls drawn from different secondary schools in Ondo have begun six weeks intensive training in Web Development as part of activities to mark the 2021 Code Week.

The training, being funded by UNESCO in partnership with Emerging Communities Africa (ECA), was facilitated by Zeitgeist Aesthetics.

Speaking at the flag-of ceremony Tuesday in Akure, Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Innovation and Partnerships, Peace Odili, said the government would partner relevant organizations for the adoption of coding into National Curricula in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 17.

Odili said the beneficiaries would be trained on Web Application Development, Web hosting and Portal design for a period of six weeks.

She stated that some volunteers from the Sabi Programmers have pledged to assist train the young girls.

According to her, “We are appreciative of the support from the Ondo Government, having joined on this digital journey and belief in the importance and relevance of 21st-century learning for the development of African excellence.

Ondo House of Assembly Committee on Education Science and Technology, Toluwani Borokini urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the opportunity to become digital citizens and proffer solutions to societal problems.

Hon Borokini said the Assembly would engage relevant stakeholders to see how coding could become an integral part of school curriculum in the state.

Permanent Secretary, Agency, SITA, Mr Akinseloyin said the initiative is to ensure that students are introduced to practical

skills of coding, and gain ICT skills for self-development and growth of the society at large.

Manager of Akure Tech Hub, Benson Iji said Code Week was created to offer free opportunities for young Africans to learn coding skills and for to be trained on digital learning.