Shell goes to school

ICDL GCC Foundation, in association with Shell Oman is rolling out the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) programme to test and certify 2,290 teachers and accredit 360 schools in the Sultanate.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  November 2, 2004

ICDL GCC Foundation, in association with Shell Oman has announced Shell’s support to the government's initiative to adopt the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) programme in the public education in the Sultanate, by sponsoring the testing and certification of 2,290 teachers and accrediting 360 schools for implementing the ICDL program for teachers and eleventh grade students. The ICDL programme is being rolled out in cooperation with Oman Ministry of Education and Ministry of National Economy and falls in line with the Government of Oman’s directives to provide ICDL certification to all employees working in public, civil and military sectors in the Sultanate. “In today’s information age, mastering computer skills is as fundamental as reading and writing skills. The application of IT is increasing day by day in all aspects of life. We are proud to support the Government’s efforts by sponsoring the ICDL project for all teachers as it is a leading computer proficiency certification, recognised around the world,” says Dr. Andrew Wood, Shell Oman Country chairman. Shell has allocated US$150,000 to fund the project, as part of its social activities program. The initiative is also supported by the Ministry of Education. It involves initially accrediting 360 schools as training centres along with 12 schools as testing centres. The ICDL certification will be implemented to all the teachers working under the Oman Ministry of Education and it will be adopted to teach IT to over 50,000 public school eleventh graders every year and will cover all the basic aspects of computing and its practical applications, usages and its benefits. “It is the aim of the Ministry to provide ICDL certification to teachers in Oman and enhance the quality of their educational practices as a whole. All teachers who successfully pass the ICDL test will be awarded the international accreditation certificate, which will significantly help in their career growth,” says Sulaiman Al Kendy, deputy manager of the Education Technology Department at the Ministry of Education in Oman. ICDL GCC Foundation is the governing body of the ICDL programmes in the Gulf States and the regional arm of EDCL Foundation, responsible for accrediting and supporting ICDL training and testing centres in the region. It also acts as the reviewing and approving body for local ICDL adaptations as well as enforcing the international quality standards of the ICDL program. ICDL’s programs are administered in more than 135 countries worldwide to more than 4 million participants. “We are proud of such initiatives, which prove our continuous success in consolidating ICDL’s position in the GCC Countries. The ICDL program has proved its efficiency in assisting governments meet major social and economic objectives through improving IT skills of their workforce and the public to help-bridge the digital divide,” says Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL GCC Foundation. ICDL is a global computer proficiency standard that is owned by the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Foundation and introduced by UNESCO's Cairo Office (UCO) for Arab states three years ago. The world's largest certification programme, exists in over 132 countries and is offered in 32 languages, including Arabic. The programmes offered are all based on one standard syllabus and question set. There are more than 15,000 centres worldwide, and over 10 million exams have been taken globally since the launch of the program.

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