Big Gaps Between Perception and Reality of Digital Skills Found According to New ECDL Foundation Report
New research by ECDL Foundation confirms that people consistently overestimate their digital skills. The latest edition of the Perception and Reality report, published this week, brings together research from five countries in Europe, as well as Singapore and India. Significant digital skills gaps exist in all of the countries featured in the report, including among young people.
Lloyds Bank has released the fourth annual edition of its UK Business Digital Index for 2017, revealing that over half of charities, and 41% of business in Britain lack essential digital skills. The report highlights the benefits for organisations that are equipped with good digital skills, including increased turnover and saved time for businesses, and increased donations for charities.
The Children’s Commissioner for England has released a new report showing that many children between 8 and 12 years old struggle to manage social media and become anxious about how they present themselves online.
Since 2011, Monfort Boys Town, an ICDL Accredited Test Centre, together with Fraser & Naeve Holdings Bhd (F&NHB), has been providing ICDL programs annually to more than 400 underprivileged youth in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Frank Mockler, ECDL Foundation Head of Programme Standards, attended the China Vocational Education Innovation & Development Conference in Sichuan, China in November, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Deyang Education Bureau. The conference, which highlighted the increased focus that the Chinese government is putting on vocational education, brought together representatives from other countries in the region.
Ireland’s Education Minister, Richard Bruton, has announced that students in the country will soon be able to study computer science for their final exams in secondary school. The addition of computer science to the Leaving Certificate exams will begin in 2020.
In December, Adelisa Murati was handed the 3,000th ECDL certificate in Liechtenstein. The student of the ‘Oberschule Vaduz’ was very pleased to have successfully passed the internationally recognised computer skills certification, and also for receiving the 3,000th ECDL certificate in the country.
Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR), Prof. Salim Khalbos, Specto and MoHESR launched ICDL in 30 accredited ‘4C centres’ across Tunisia. This was a result of an agreement signed between the two parties in May 2017. Execution of the agreement included holding 6 ICDL workshops in different areas of Tunisia. 91 trainers attended the training and passed the ICDL tests.
ICDL Asia has accredited five new test centres across China to offer ICDL to schools and individuals. The new centres are located in Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Foshan.
The Balkan Regional ECDL Forum took place in Belgrade on 10 November, bringing together ECDL National Operators from the Balkan region, representatives of Serbian Accredited Test Centres, ECDL Foundation, and representatives of the governments of Montenegro and Serbia.