Adding to the network of ICDL Accredited Test Centres in Uganda, Computer Learning Centre (CLC) was established in 1999 as an authorised training and testing centre. It offers quality training, serving corporate and students in the region. CLC has established training and testing centres in Kenya and Rwanda. Uganda is the third country where CLC is setting up operations. The Computer Learning Centre - Uganda is training and certifying its staff to the ICDL standard.
An ECDL Regional Conference and Forum with the theme, ‘from digital literacy to digital competence’ was held on 18 October 2018 in Priština, Kosovo. The opening speech was given by the Chairman of ECDL Foundation, Tony Franke. The conference and forum were organised in four sessions.
The Austrian Computer Society (OCG) launched the new ECDL Computing module earlier this year. Alongside the introduction of this module, OCG has embarked on a major cooperation on coding with the Ministry of Education. As a result, every teacher in Austria can take ECDL Computing training workshops offered by OCG, and have the opportunity to pass the exam. The costs are paid by the Austrian Ministry of Education.
Hungarian ECDL National Operator, NJSZT, has implemented an Accredited Teacher education programme, under an EU Call for Proposals. The programme helps teachers to become familiar with the use of digital technologies in public education through 30 hours of training based on the ECDL syllabus. Teachers can also follow the ECDL ICT in Education module through distance education.
In September 2017, ICDL Asia and Siemens PLM Software commenced a partnership for the new ICDL 3D Design Module using Solid Edge as the first platform software. The module is designed for anyone, particularly students, to learn the essential concepts and skills relating to the fundamentals of using 3D Design software.
ICDL Africa’s Uganda team, in conjunction with Makerere University, held a colourful graduation ceremony for over 400 candidates who have successfully completed their Digital Citizen training through Makerere University’s ICDL test centre.
A 3-day workshop on the dissemination of ICT in education was co-organised by ICDL Lebanon and Phoenix Center in mid-September. Participants from the country’s Ministry of Education were present, along with people from the Lebanese cultural, political, social and security sectors, as well as various representatives of educational institutions.
The latest edition of the International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) has been published by the European Commission, showing countries’ performance in a number of areas, including digital skills. The report ranks EU and non-EU countries. South Korea tops the index overall, followed by the top-four performing EU Member States.
A €15 billion investment plan to fund training courses for up to 2 million people has been announced by the French Government. The Plan Investissement Compétences (PIC) will run until 2022.
Students at Al-al-Bayt University and the Faculty of Amman College in Jordan had the opportunity to learn more about ICDL at a recent awareness day held by Specto, the ICDL National Operator in Jordan.