ICDL unveils Syllabus 4

ICDL Foundation launches its new programme for the GCC

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By  Anil Bhoyrul Published  October 6, 2004

ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme in the Gulf States, launched its new ICDL Syllabus 4 for the GCC countries at Gitex. ICDL Syllabus 4 is the latest update to the world’s largest computer certification programme. The revisions have been unveiled to ensure that the programme maps current trends and stays relevant to ongoing advances in technologies. The ICDL programme was first introduced to the Arab region in 2001 to make sure that local IT training is delivered within the realms of consistent and internationally recognised standards. ECDL Foundation, the founding body and a not-for-profit organisation, is dedicated to furthering IT literacy and an inclusive information society. The new Syllabus 4 was developed over a two year period incorporating inputs from computer users, subject matter experts and practicing computer professionals globally. ICDL Syllabus 4 has already been adopted by most worldwide regions, and the remaining countries will complete their migration to this new syllabus by the end of 2004. “End-user computing needs are constantly changing as a result of advancements in technology. Users now have to become familiar with new concepts and innovations for the seamless use of computers. The Syllabus 4 for ICDL’s certification programme factors in the changes that have come about in the relevant competencies needed for the everyday professional and personal use of computers,” says Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL GCC Foundation. “As Gitex presents a special platform for showcasing future technologies, it is an ideal time for us to launch the latest Syllabus,” he adds. ICDL Syllabus 4 provides stronger awareness for using a computer in today's society. It places more emphasis on responsible use of computers both at home and in the workplace. It also reflects on current trends in many new technology areas such as security, file compression, e-Government, netiquette, and lifestyle technology devices such as digital cameras and PDAs. “Introducing Syllabus 4 in the Gulf States as the official ICDL syllabus is a major part of our effort to consolidate ICDL training and testing as a standard for IT proficiency certification in the region,” says Ezzo. “We have been working closely with several international vendors for over a year to be ready with their products in time with our launch of ICDL Syllabus 4 in the GCC region. Over the coming months, ICDL GCC Foundation will put into effect a transition plan which will enable our ICDL accredited training and testing centres to introduce the new syllabus and service ICDL candidates in an organised manner,” he adds. The ICDL GCC foundation is currently working with each GCC member state independently. So, during Gitex, the team are inviting senior officials and policymakers in the government from each country, as well as representatives from the educational and economic development GCC organisations to visit their stand at to discuss ways in which the GCC member can collaborate to help spread computer literacy at the government level, as well as in society in general.

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