ICDL Arabia and HSBC host summer cap program

Summer camps aim to provide underprivileged youth with online skills

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ICDL Arabia and HSBC host summer cap program The ICDL Summer camps are intended to promote digital literacy for all children, says Ezzo. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 9, 2015

ICDL Arabia and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited are once again hosting a series of Summer Camps to train underprivileged children in digital skills and online safety.

The ICDL Summer Camp program has returned for the fourth year in a row, with the aim of empowering underprivileged youth with essential computer skills and cyber safety awareness, and helping them to certify on the same.

The camps, which will run until 27th August, will this year look to train 114 children from Dubai and Sharjah.

This camp is funded by HSBC Bank in a joint effort with the ICDL to reach groups with limited income, especially young people, and increase their awareness about the importance of the safe use of the internet. The collaboration between the two parties has trained 570 boys and girls to date.

The UAE Red Crescent has been one of the main parties involved in the camp in the last three years. This year it has once again extended its cooperation by providing the names of boys and girls to be enrolled. For the first time, 64 boys and girls will be participating from Dubai. Moreover, the Social Services Department of the Government of Sharjah has provided excellent support for the event by opening up its computer labs to be used for training and testing the two girls and boys groups of Red Crescent Sharjah.

Jamil Ezzo, director general of ICDL Arabia, said: "ICDL camps have been very successful for the past 14 years in the region and we appeal to socially responsible companies to support such initiatives. There is a need to increase digital literacy among young people and prepare them to face all challenges and threats lurking in the cyber world. We seek, through the annual ICDL summer camps, to achieve these desired goals of supporting and promoting awareness for digital efficiency to ensure equal opportunities for young people across the region."

Sabrin Rahman, senior manager - Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, said: "Our cooperation with ICDL for the fourth year in a row comes in the context of our relentless pursuit to support all initiatives aimed at giving young people the necessary digital skills and raise awareness on e-Safety. As in every year, we aim to support the 2015 ICDL summer camps to promote the digital competence of young people and improve the competitive capabilities that they enjoy to help ensure that the next generation will have basic digital skills and knowledge."

Furthermore, ICDL has signed a contract with two well-known academic institutions in Dubai for the implementation of the camp services through certified and competent trainers. The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE) - an initiative of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai - will provide training and testing services to a group of girls in Dubai and the two groups of girls and boys in Sharjah. Al Dar University College in Garhoud, Dubai will provide training and testing services to another two groups of boys and girls in Dubai.

The funding from HSBC Bank covers the transportation to and from the homes of camp for all kids as well as food and beverages. The summer camp will conclude with the distribution of gifts to all participants and awards for outstanding performance during the graduation ceremony. Booklets containing tips for the safe use of the web will also be distributed.

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