ICDL launches free training for children

Program with schools will offer free training and certification for children across the Gulf

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 29, 2008

The ICDL Foundation GCC has announced free IT training and certification for children off twelve years and under to encourage computer literacy in the Gulf.

As the governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) computer literacy qualification in the Gulf, the ICDL Foundation is offering free training and testing for the ICDL until the end of the 2008-2009 academic year.

ICDL says that it is working with education ministries and academic institutions across the region to encourage uptake of the offer, and also has private sponsors offering prizes and rewards as an incentive.

The program will also be back with an awareness campaign in schools, which will including briefings for teachers to help them prepare students. Children will be able to register through their school, with the school then allocating places with local training centres.

The ICDL is an internationally recognized certification in basic computer literacy that is intended to raise general levels of computer skills in a range of different groups.

Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL GCC Foundation said: “As part of its campaign toward a digital society for all, ICDL GCC Foundation is committed to supporting the governments of the region by funding programs that benefit their community with computer skills. The inclusion of children in our digital literacy movement has become instrumental to reforming educational systems around the world and we are proud to contribute with such initiatives that reach out to the youngest children.

“We encourage organizations from the public and private sectors to also participate in similar programs through their own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budgets to further digital literacy not only among children but also among women, retirees, people with special needs, job seekers and other social groups,” he added.

The ICDL GCC Foundation will train and test the students through its network of 1,800 approved centres across the region, with training available in Arabic and English.

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