ICDL holds IT skills summer camps

1,400 students receive certificates after finishing training course

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By  Published  September 22, 2006

The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) GCC Foundation has awarded certificates in its ICDL computer skills qualification to 1,400 school-age students who participated in its summer camps earlier this year.

The foundation organised the summer camps, which were held to help students improve their ability to use computers, as part of its commitment to raise the general level of computer skills in society.

“Computer and internet applications have become essential components of the modern educational environment and the ICDL certification is the ideal syllabus that gives students immense opportunities for acquiring knowledge and enhancing their skill levels,” explained Jamil Ezzo, director general of the ICDL GCC Foundation.

“Summer camps present a suitable environment for national students to enhance their computer skills through the ICDL certification, providing lifelong learning opportunities,” Ezzo added.

Students at the camps benefited from training and testing on the ICDL programme, which is divided into seven modules. The programme covers the basic concepts of IT, computer usage and file management, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation and information/communications.

By taking part in the programme, students also developed life-long learning skills, Ezzo claimed.

“The ICDL programme not only helps students acquire essential skills in computers and internet, but also develops their skills to become resourceful and self-director learners.”

“This encourages them to assume more responsibility in their learning process and become self-confident to engage in classroom activities,” he continued.

“Today, computers and the internet afford students the opportunity of accessing a wealth of interactive courses and information online that can support classroom learning and attribute positively to students’ academic performance,” he added.

Some 7,000 students from across the GCC countries took part in the camps, which were organised in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology — Center of Excellence for applied Research and Technology (CERT) in Abu Dhabi and UAE University in Al Ain.

The ICDL is an internationally recognised computer proficiency standard which is offered in some 140 countries worldwide.

According to the ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority of the ICDL programme in the Gulf region, the ICDL qualification is gaining increasing acceptance in the Middle East, with several governments adopting and prescribing it to their employees.

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