ICDL announces 2012 Summer Camp programme
ICDL Summer Camps aim to provide ICT training to young people over summer break
The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) GCC Foundation has announced its annual Summer Camp programme for the region.
The ICDL Summer Camps are delivered in partnership with ministries, educational establishments and the private sector, to provide ICT training to young people during the summer holidays.
The Summer Camps offer a programme of hands-on learning in ICT skills, for teenagers up to the age of 18 years. Over 50,000 young people have participated in the Summer Camp programme since it was launched. The Summer Camps are hosted at universities, ICDL training centres and other education organisations, with support from corporations, with the programme running from July to late August.
Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL GCC Foundation, said: "The ICDL Summer Camp is a unique initiative that offers young people across the GCC an opportunity to improve their digital competency in a socially interactive environment. Not only will they gain new skills and have fun, but will also be able to obtain an internationally recognized certification, acknowledged by a large number of academic institutions. We are always looking at ways to reflect the latest in ICT in our programmes, evidenced by the introduction of the new ICDL IT Security module to the Summer Camp, currently being launched across the region. IT Security is a valuable addition to the ICDL curriculum given the recent alarming proliferation of cybercrime and the increasing need for awareness of digital threats."
"The Summer Camp's continued success over the past years is the culmination of close collaboration between governments, educational institutions and a growing number of private sector organizations, which we take deep pride in achieving. We continue to call on responsible corporate citizens from the public and the private sectors to unite with us in building our digital society and we are very grateful to all those who have supported the initiative thus far. We encourage parents and students in each GCC country to inquire at their local education ministry to benefit from this community development initiative, which is fully or partly funded by the government in certain cases," added Ezzo.