ICDL accreditation for Choueifat schools

Choueifat students across the UAE, Qatar and Oman will benefit from the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  October 16, 2005

The ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) programme in the Gulf States, and the International School of Choueifat, part of the SABIS Education System, which currently runs 31 private and government schools in eleven countries in four continents. SABIS regional office has signed an annual accreditation agreement to implement the requirements and international standards of the ICDL programme in the schools. Each Choueifat school will have an internal ICDL accredited testing centre. ICDL testing will become available to all students and teachers of these schools. “This is a significant move that makes ICDL accessible to the student community of Choueifat Schools,” says Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL GCC Foundation. “The agreement comes in line with ICDL’s approach of encouraging the systematic teaching of the use of computers in schools, thereby providing students with a strong foundation to become resourceful and self-directed learners.” ICDL has already been implemented by a large number of schools and universities in the Arab world, while several education ministries have made the programme mandatory for their staff. Ezzo says he expects the accreditation agreement with the International Schools of Choueifat to encourage more academic institutions to adopt the ICDL scheme to empower students with IT skills. The Choueifat schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Al Ain, Doha will receive the accreditation, as will Ruwais Private School and the Modern Education School in Oman, which are both run by Choueifat. “We are happy to receive accreditation from the ICDL GCC Foundation, and we believe the world-class ICDL qualification may give our students a competitive edge in their future careers, as the program is universally recognised,” says Ramzi Germanos, regional director of the International School of Choueifat. “Choueifat Schools already have a strong computer science syllabus that allows 12 to 13 year olds to pass the ICDL exams and move on to more challenging qualifications in computer science. Passing the ICDL exams at an early age gives our students an edge. Teachers of all disciplines will be strongly encouraged to obtain this qualification,” Germanos adds. Choueifat students will be able to take the ICDL tests within their school, which will now be official centres for the tests.

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