The Community Policing Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has announced the adoption of the New ICDL Profile structure, which includes IT Security, in order to enhance the digital competencies and knowledge of the police and community.
The John von Neumann Computer Society (NJSZT) has introduced the new ICT in Education module in Hungary. NJSZT is among the first organisations to introduce the ICT in Education module. The new module aims to assist non-ICT teachers in the acquisition of ICT skills and methods that can be used in their own subject areas. Pilot courses held in Budapest and three other towns in Hungary were huge successes. Teachers who participated in the pilot courses said, “We have learnt something that all teachers should be familiar with.”
ICDL Foundation Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training During Irish Presidential State Visit
During the State Visit to Vietnam of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, ICDL Foundation and the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, was also in attendance at the signing ceremony, which was organised by the Embassy of Ireland in Hanoi and Enterprise Ireland and took place on Monday 7 November.
Al Mughtaribeen University, in Khartoum, Sudan, is planning to implement ICDL for over 700 students. It is one of the first centres to use New ICDL. The programme will be used as part of the University’s academic curriculum.
A new study by the University of Alcalá, an ECDL Accredited Test Centre, has looked into the performance of over 400 people in ECDL testing. The study, which used the anonymised results of 2,351 ECDL tests, was conducted in cooperation with ATI, the Spanish ECDL National Operator. It found that there was no significant difference in performance of candidates based on their gender, but that, in a number of areas, young candidates, up to the age of 26, do worse than those over the age of 45, confirming the fallacy of the ‘digital native’.
ICDL Africa partnered with the British Council and Vodafone to host the 3rd Uganda Teachers’ Forum in Kampala on Friday 28 October. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Uganda National Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education. The theme of this year’s Forum was ‘ICT in Education’.
The first course of Digital Citizen Tablet Fundamentals has just been completed in Singapore. The class of 16 students are the first certified candidates in the world to have completed this module. Around 150 more students will be taking the tests soon.
During a meeting in Brussels this week, the EU’s Council of Ministers has achieved a political agreement on a new recommendation that will establish ‘Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults’. The initiative, formerly known as the ‘Skills Guarantee”, will provide training opportunities for adults.
50 public workers at the Ministry of Labor in Colombia are being trained and certified for teleworking under the most globally recognised digital competency standard, ICDL.
The German Government has announced plans for major new investment in digital education. Dubbed the, ‘Digital Pact’, the initiative will see the federal government invest €5 billion into technology for primary schools. While the funding will be national, education policy remains a competence of individual states. Announcing the plan, Johanna Wanka, Germany’s education minister, noted that states will have to, “enforce corresponding educational concepts, the training of teachers and common technical standards.”