ICDL goes to school

International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), the IT skills certification organisation, is expanding its reach across the region by offering accreditation to public and private schools.

  • E-Mail
By  Matthew Wade Published  June 8, 2004

International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), the IT skills certification organisation, is expanding its reach across the region by offering accreditation to public and private schools. The move will give accredited schools the expertise and authority to deliver basic IT training and testing to teachers and students, and follows ICDL’s success working with universities in the region. "Educational authorities in the region are increasingly realising the benefits of delivering proper IT education from an early age, starting at the school level," said Rich MacLaren, program director, ICDL, UAE. "Over the past few months, we have seen a dramatic increase in interest among school managements to get ICDL certification for their teachers and students." ICDL’s expansion into the private school sector comes after the recent accreditation granted by ICDL UAE to Global Education Management Systems (GEMS), an education management organisation with a large network of schools in the GCC region. This accreditation authorises GEMS to train and test its teachers on ICDL in GEMS schools in both the UAE and Qatar. Schoolteachers who successfully complete the ICDL program receive a certification that ICDL claims is recognised internationally and which, MacLaren reckons, can "contribute in their future advancement & promotion." Several education ministries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have already endorsed the ICDL programme at the school level. The UAE Ministry of Education for example has prescribed the ICDL programme for all its teachers while Kuwait and Oman have also incorporated the ICDL syllabus into their curriculums. The ICDL syllabus covers all aspects of computer training and its practical applications, for use in the workplace. It consists of seven modules that must be successfully completed before the ICDL certificate is awarded.

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code