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20 Things You Didn't Know About ICDL - Nos. 6 to 9

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6. Since 1996, the British Computer Society has registered 29 candidates for ECDL Certification with the first name Elvis and 18 candidates whose last name is Trump. There have been no Obamas in sight!

7. José Manuel Barroso became the 9 millionth ECDL candidate in 2009

José Manuel Barroso, the former President of the European Commission, became the 9 millionth ECDL candidate to receive ECDL Certification in February 2009.

This highlighted the necessity of keeping investment in digital skills high on the public policy agendas of all Member States of the EU along with the success of the ECDL programme.

José Manuel Barroso

8. The Emirates Aviation College in Dubai is in the shape of a plane

The Emirates Aviation College contains an ICDL test centre because the airline wanted cabin crew to diversify their skills and improve their job prospects after they leave the airline industry.

Emirates Aviation College

9. 110,000 members of the Colombian National Police Force are ICDL certified

The Colombian National Police have been pioneers in Latin America, by becoming internationally certified with the e- Citizen certification.

In 2011, the Colombian National Police force decided to train and certify the largest number of public servants in the region (50,000), using the e-Citizen programme. The goal was that they would be able to use the Internet more productively, and use these newly acquired e-skills to improve efficiencies within the force.

As part of the government’s national ICT strategy, the National Police Force took on the challenge of becoming internationally certified as digital citizens. It was an opportunity to respond to the increasing demand for public servants to become digitally literate. The rapid increase in the use of ICT in Colombia required the members of the police force to be at the forefront of institutional change and challenges when it came to the use of technology. It was their responsibility to offer better services to the public in terms of security, and to strive for improved community relations.

Members of the National Police force had the opportunity to participate in internationally recognised training and certification, enabling them to strengthen their performance by providing a more professional and effective service to the public.

The Director-General of the police force, encouraged all officers to certify their digital skills. As part of the process of improving ICT skills within the force, it was proposed that the digital skills of around 50,000 policemen would be certified by 30 December 2011. The goal of 50,000 certificates was reached by late November 2011.

Because of this success, the National Police and ICDL Colombia decided to aim for 100,000 members of the National Police to be certified by February 2012. Currently over 70% of all police officers in Colombia have participated in the internationally recognised e-Citizen certification.

Colombian National Police Force