Last autumn, the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) realised that the refugee crisis demanded quick and un-bureaucratic action to help refugees and asylum seekers. Therefore, it launched the project, ‘OCG Cares’, aiming at providing those who had to leave their homes with ICT and language skills. After a strategic meeting of all stakeholders in December 2015, 22 refugees started their crossover courses in IT & German, with the aim to prepare for the ECDL Base certification tests by summer.
The Montfort Boys Town was founded in 1959 by the Brothers of St Gabriel for the care and development of underprivileged youth. Montfort Boys Town was started to help youth who are orphaned and those who come from poor and underprivileged families in need of training for a better future in life.
It all began in 1992, when Seppo Ainamo, the project’s founder and coordinator, promised to pay the school fees of one 8-year-old boy, whose 22 year-old widowed mother couldn’t afford to send him to school. The Dzikwa Trust Fund, or simply Dzikwa for short, was established as a legal entity and began operations in Zimbabwe in September 2002. The underlying purpose of the society is to empower Zimbabwean orphans and give them a chance to lead a fulfilling life. It seeks to give the children long-term help, in their own community, in order to guarantee their basic education and general welfare. The ICDL project started in April 2015 and in August 2015, the first ICDL lessons and exams were taken.
Many special people have completed the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) qualification, however ex-radio presenter and a specialist in radio broadcasting, Adrian Davids from Eersteriver in the Western Cape, is the first blind student to obtain ICDL certification. ICDL certification is internationally recognised as the global standard in end-user computer skills and is fast becoming the de facto standard adopted by many education institutions.