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The UAE Air Force Air Defence plans to adopt ICDL training to enhance the computer skills of its personnel.

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By  Alicia Buller Published  August 2, 2004

The UAE Air Force Air Defence (AFAD) has announced plans to adopt the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme, in an effort to bring basic IT proficiency to all its personnel. ICDL-GCC Foundation and UAE AFAD will jointly administer the programme via a soon-to-be-opened testing centre at the AFAD. ICDL, an internationally recognised computer proficiency standard, governed by the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), the global regulatory body of the ICDL member countries. The programme is gaining ground in the Middle East, with several education ministries, academic institutions, government, and private organisations adopting the standard as an IT skills benchmark for their personnel. As a result of the new partnership between ICDL and UAE AFAD, the certification programme will now be made mandatory for all new recruits and existing personnel of the defence force. “The UAE AFAD has reached a crucial stage in the modernisation of our forces. With IT becoming part of every activity, it has become imperative for our young men and women to acquire computer skills, not only for advancing their knowledge, but also for doing any routine administrative function,” says Major General Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Bu Ainnain, UAE AFAD General Commander. “We are going through an era of qualitative change. We are constantly engaged in building an elite fighting force that can defend our country and work for its future. With ICDL certification, we can arm our personnel with the essential tools to tackle IT, which forms the part and parcel of the battlefield of the future,” he adds. The ICDL-UAE programme covers the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and its use in workplace and society. The programme will expose candidates to basic concepts of IT, computer hardware and software management and give in-depth training in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation packages.

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