ICDL promotes e-Citizen scheme

The learning organisation will tell visitors to its stand all about its recent work with the likes of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Abu Dhabi Police.

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By  Gitex Staff Writer Published  September 25, 2005

ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme in the Gulf Cooperation Council States, is this week talking up its brand new e-Citizen programme. The e-Citizen offering has been designed to help people in the Middle East get up to speed with information technology and start to use the growing number of online government services available in the region. To help promote this scheme’s launch, a number of international ICDL content partners and vendors are showcasing their latest ICDL-approved products and solutions for the programme at the Foundation’s stand in hall eight today. “The e-Citizen programme empowers people with the required skills to use government e-Services, as well as other online services offered in their countries, which might for example include e-banking, e-shopping, e-booking of hotels and travel,” explains Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL GCC Foundation. “The programme also enables users to surf the internet and search out jobs, events, real-estate and so on,” he adds. ICDL GCC Foundation is currently working with various government authorities in the Middle East region to implement the e-Citizen programme and ensure as many users as possible have access to it. Its e-Citizen courses are being customised to meet the specific requirements of each country so that they best reflect the e-Government services and other online services available there. “As the world moves towards a digital society, acquiring information technology skills has become as essential as reading and writing,” Ezzo says. To help promote its e-Citizen programme at Gitex, the ICDL GCC Foundation is kicking the scheme off with a point reward system, whereby participating citizens gain points each time they transact online. These points are then redeemable for free travel, hotel stay, restaurant meals and other treats. The ICDL GCC Foundation typically makes quite an impact at Gitex due to its government connections, and the same is set to be true this year as the learning organisation tells visitors to its stand all about its recent work with the likes of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Abu Dhabi Police. The organisation will also be highlighting its work with private firms, such as Shell Oman. Last year, the ICDL GCC Foundation used the region’s largest IT trade show to unveil ICDL Syllabus 4 for the GCC countries. The new certification programme featured a number of revisions, each designed 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.

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