ICDL GCC gets top marks at forum

Regional body awarded for promoting computer literacy in the Gulf

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

The ICDL GCC Foundation has been acknowledged for its role in extending the scope of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) programme and for raising awareness of the programme in the GCC region at its annual forum held recently in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This year’s ICDL CEO Forum also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the ICDL programme — the internationally recognised computer literacy standard.

The annual forum is the principal gathering of the worldwide ICDL community, where senior representatives from ICDL member countries meet to discuss various topics including the progress of the ICDL programmes in their countries and future awareness programmes and strategies.

The forum provides an opportunity for the ICDL community to examine ICDL case studies, sharing participants’ expertise in the implementation of the ICDL program, and building upon the successes of each other’s experiences.

Jamil Ezzo, director general of ICDL GCC Foundation, was recognised and acknowledged on behalf of the Gulf region for his achievements in 2006.

“We are glad to take part in this forum and participate as a representative of one of the most promising regions. The major achievements of the Gulf region are a result of the collective efforts of all policymakers, our partners and everyone at the foundation,” said Ezzo.

“Today, ICDL has become a standard across the GCC region creating an inclusive social movement toward digital literacy for all section of the society, including government organisations, academic and educational institutions, as well as social unions.”

Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Foundation commented: “ICDL GCC Foundation has played an important role in transforming the digital literacy scenario in the Gulf states. This recognition comes at a time when the ICDL programme has achieved milestones in the spread of IT literacy in the region.”

The ICDL GCC Foundation said the region has seen a determined implementation of the ICDL programme in the recent years. Presently there are over 800 accredited IT skills training centres in the region and more than 300,000 people involved with the programme. Further, the education ministries across the GCC region have implemented the ICDL programme as an integral part of their education reform strategy.

The forum discussed several issues such as the latest strategies to introduce new subjects such as cyber safety, e-citizen, social responsibility and computer ethics to the current ICDL syllabus. Present at the forum were also representatives from several IT vendors, which discussed areas of cooperation with the foundation.

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