Daniel Goncalves - the creator of "Tymzchat", Zimbabwe’s answer to Facebook. In 2013, Daniel Goncalves, a 16-year-old student at Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, created an alternative to Facebook targeted at people in Africa called Tymzchat.
Dora, the high-tech mobile learning centre was purchased from Alexandra, where it had operated as a school bus since 1985. Dora was reinvented as a mobile digital learning centre in 2011 after the Christchurch earthquakes, to support the ‘Stepping Up’ classes in Christchurch. Dora went on to become an authorised mobile ICDL testing facility in 2012 complete with accredited testers. Dora currently resides on the West Coast of the South Island where it is fully utilised by community groups and schools. With Dora as a fully functioning independent mobile learning and testing centre, ICDL training and testing can be provided to any region.
With the end of the year fast approaching, we’re continuing our annual tradition with a look back at the key events in digital skills from a very busy year.
This week is European Vocational Skills Week, highlighting the importance of Vocational Education and Training in our lives. All week long, we’re highlighting examples of how ECDL is being used to help people build up their essential workplace digital skills.
It is easy to ignore the fact that there are millions of people in Europe who have been left behind when it comes to basic skills. Even with ubiquitous technology and universal education, a staggering 70 million Europeans lack sufficient reading and writing skills, while almost half of people in Europe (45%) are effectively digitally illiterate.
Marketing your business online might seem like a daunting prospect, but it really needn’t be. Here are 6 easy tips to make your efforts stand out from the crowd.
ECDL Foundation’s new Digital Marketing module aims to solve this problem by allowing people to build and certify the core skills and competences that they will need to use digital marketing techniques to help their business. The module is ideal for people working in SMEs, marketing and communications professionals in the public and private sectors, and even marketing students looking to add practical skills to the knowledge gained on their courses. The module has been developed with the input of international experts on digital marketing, and can be used to certify your abilities to the same high standard as with other ECDL modules.
October is the European Cybersecurity Month, which puts the spotlight on staying safe online. We marked last year’s Cybersecurity Month with the launch of version 2 of our ECDL IT Security module, and already, thousands of people around the world have used it to build and certify the knowledge and skills that are vital to avoiding the dangers that can lurk online.
It can sometimes be easy to assume that issues like low levels of literacy or poor numeracy aren’t problems in Europe. But according to figures from the EU, there are approximately 70 million people in Europe who, “lack sufficient reading, writing and numeracy skills, and 40% of the EU population lacks a sufficient level of digital skills.” Missing out on these basic competences can have a big impact on whether a person has access to employment, and can also play a major role in social exclusion.
It can be hard to figure out how to compare qualifications that come from different education systems or countries. Differing terminology due to differences in language and the wide variety of vocational courses, from apprenticeships to technical certifications from university, can get in the way of the simple task of working out whether someone is qualified for a job or a course of study. When a holder of a Master’s degree from Belgium is more highly qualified than a ‘Dottore’ from Italy, it is no wonder that confusion exists! Even though it might seem like an abstract problem, the challenge of comparing qualifications can make things difficult for people moving abroad for work or study, and for employers trying to assess candidates for a job.