THE CODELINERS – BRIDGING THE SKILL GAP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION WORK FORCE
A global pronouncement made by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook on the future of science of programming as the basis of knowledge reflects that “In fifteen years to come, teaching programming would be like reading and writing, wondering why we didn’t do it sooner”.
The divergent projections across divide which stipulates that the entire world would shift from oil based economy to technology based ecosystem is not only an embarrassing reflection to a developing country like Nigeria with its crude oil as the only economic strength, Japan and Germany are on massive development and research to phase out cars using fuel by 2030 with digital and driverless technologies while China on the other hand is currently exploring the science of humanoid robots as a team that is capable of playing football against human being on the pitch.
It is not only an understatement that coding is now the new literacy, it is a necessary 21st century skill and the driving force of the 4th industrial revolution. The much anticipated connection in the new ecosystem is that the next generation radiates around robotics/artificial intelligence, data science and programming techniques by all and sundry.
If the above assertion is a contending fact, the question that should be asked by the concerned stakeholders of education is where is the place of teachers who are custodians of knowledge and the products of traditional economies with capacity building to contend with the new phase of learning paradigm in a knowledge based society?
World researchers have found that up to 98% of students who are exposed to programming at the early years end up becoming graduates/professionals in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
The expectations of an average school in an education ecosystem have changed dramatically from mere memorization of theories, recalling and reciting of phrases. This has become the basis of the mismatch in education that had polarized the objectives of formal education in Nigerian education system with broadened conflicts between what teacher is to teach and learners’ interests. Little wonder the classroom in Nigeria is no longer interesting and appealing to the hearts of these learners.
It is against this backdrop that regions and states are tapping into this new development on science of coding outside the tailored curriculum and which was the main motive of Lagos State Government to embark on massive training of youths on coding with “CodeLagos” and now the emergence of The Codeliners in Ogun State public and private secondary schools with the support of United States Government, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and other stakeholders of this initiative make Nigeria the hub of the 4th industrial revolution.
Project Smart Goals:
A 5 Day Training for 200 Public and Private Secondary School Teachers of Computer Science on STEM Education, Web Development and Coding in Ogun State in 7 months.
An initiative that integrates and develops over 4000 Ogun State Public Secondary Schools on STEM education in one year
To expose teachers to STEM education and its roles in modern world.
To engage teachers with necessary skills on coding with web applications to solve scientific and human problems through their students thus making them as change agents.
To ensure successful transfer of these skills to their students through inauguration of STEM Clubs through mentorship sessions
To expose teachers to 4Cs of learning that aid collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication as witnessed in western education system
To establish a community of public school children on STEM and Computer Science Clubs in Ogun State Secondary Schools with sustainable synergies from Google Corporation, Ministry of Education, Computer Teachers’ Association and Education Exchange Alumni Members in Education Sector of Ogun State through exhibition of projects which gives credence to project based learning activities and apps with exclusive rights from Google Corporation
To enhance the productivity level and expectations of Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria as a whole and
To ensure this initiative is replicated in other states through Computer Teachers’ Association of Nigeria.
Teachers: These are Teachers with Specialization in Computer Science and are certified to teach computer science in schools. It is expected that their cognitive experience in science related specialization would enhance STEM education and learning.
Computer Teachers’ Association of Nigeria: As a measure to ensure that the organization fulfil its responsibilities like other Subject Associations in Nigeria like Science Teachers Association, Language Teachers Association e.t.c.
Students/Learners: These are end users of the framework through Codeliners Clubs initiated in theirs schools with resources and experiences from their teachers during Codeliners Training.
The activity-based coding projects introduce students to the basics of computer science, while focusing on improving their understanding of and engagement with technology.
Early Exposure: Familiarity with a subject can generate interest and curiosity while establishing a sense of competency.
Develop STEM Education in Ogun State Public Secondary Schools and make it as a template for other states
Develop critical thinking among student that would enable them to design and develop solutions to world problems through project based
To create a community of Coding Clubs in Ogun State Secondary Schools that could compete with global peers in programming and apps.
Build and develop a learning path (through Google Scratch, HTML, Python, Arduino and others) that promotes local contents for instructions as products such as local Literature Books into cartoons for young teenagers such as Game Design, Art, Storytelling, Fashion & Design, Music & Sound, Friends, Social Media and Sports.
Engage the teachers with skills to design their school’s website using word press Java Script where they could communicate project based activities of their clubs to the world
To engage further with the school clubs through inter school exhibition powered by Codeliners, Education Alumni, and CTAN Leadership
To have a team and pool of young STEM students to be fielded for United States Education Exchange and international competitions.