Federal Government College, Ijanikin, Lagos, has emerged as the overall winner of the 2022 edition of the African Coding Competition organised online in November 2022.
The AfriCAN Code Challenge is a coding contest that spans African countries and involves young individuals from different walks of life from ages eight to 16 years to develop a game using the Scratch Programming Language.
A statement by the school said, “The college team clinched first and second positions in the competition, which was keenly contested by over 150 private and public secondary schools across Nigeria.
“The college, aside from emerging as the overall winner of the competition, is also rated among the 10 best schools in Africa in coding. The college is poised to represent Nigeria in the competition subsequently.
“This important milestone achievement is attributed to the college’s commitment and dedication towards maintaining the academic standard and prowess, which the college is associated with. The instructors and the learners dedicated efforts at making the college proud is worthy of commendation.”
The President of the Old Students Association, Mrs Toun Aderele, said, “The college has always been known to achieve great feats and this is simply adding another feather to our cap.”
A newsletter on the Africa Code Week website stated that this year’s competition had thousands of entries from more than 30 countries spanning as far as South Africa and Ethiopia, saying the winners of the African Code Challenge were selected by a distinguished panel consisting of Africa Code Week delegates, SAP employees, and STEM education specialists.
This article first appeared in Punch.