ECDL Foundation launched its newest module, ICT in Education, at an event in Kigali today. The module is aimed at teachers, and will equip them with the skills they need to effectively use technology in the classroom. The launch took place during ICDL Africa’s Annual Test Centre Forum in the Rwandan capital.
The European Commission has published the latest edition of its Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The 2017 DESI tracks the state of digital development across European Union countries. While it shows that there has been some improvement, there are still notable digital gaps. Significantly, 44% of people in Europe don’t have fundamental digital skills including, “using a mailbox, editing tools or installing new devices.”
200 people in the Colombian city of Tunja have benefitted from the Tunja Telework Program, a project to certify skills for flexible work, run in partnership between ICDL Colombia and the Mayor of Tunja.
ICDL Digital Challenge is the first ever ICDL computer and digital competition in Asia, open to tertiary and university students between 18 and 25 years old. The challenge hopes to identify and recognise the top students with the best ICT skills. The winner will have the chance to win prizes including a Student Exchange Programme with ICDL in one of 5 selected countries.
According to new research from the European Commission, a significant digital skills gap is hampering adoption of technology. Despite this, many survey respondents don’t consider reskilling strategies to be a priority.
The Digital Ambassador Program is a new initiative to support Rwanda in increasing the number of digitally literate citizens and to transform young job seekers, helping them to deliver digital skills programs in their communities.
The Digital Citizen programme was launched at Nu Vision High School in Kigali, Rwanda by ICDL Africa. ICDL trainers and students were joined by the school’s Principal, Ndumiso Dube, ICDL Coordinator, Apollo Ssempebwa, and representatives of ICDL Africa including General Manager, Etinick Mutinda, and Rwanda Country Manager, Solange Umulisa.
ICDL can lead to many things, but for one young South African woman, the opportunity to blend technology and conservation brought her face-to-face with a rhino.
In a blog post on the European Commission’s website, Claire Bury, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT explores the progress that can be made by the newly-launched Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The post argues that digital skills remain important across all sectors of the economy, stating that, “it is essential to re-train the whole European workforce: farmers, bank employees, factory workers and others alike.”
ICDL Sri Lanka hosted Safer Internet Day 2017 in Sri Lanka, with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’ on Tuesday, 7 February. This event was organised in partnership with the National Child Protection Authority, Sri Lanka CERT│CC, the Computer Crimes Investigation unit of the CID and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka. The event was attended by Dr Ajith Madurapperuma, Chairperson of Sri Lanka CERT│CC.