80 members of the Human Resources Managers Association of Uganda attended a breakfast meeting, hosted by ICDL Africa, on 29 September. The event was an opportunity to discuss digital skills for the workforce in Uganda, and attracted HR managers from both the private and public sectors.
Rwanda’s University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies (UTB) has become an ICDL Accredited Test Centre, and has announced that it wants to make ICDL a compulsory course for all students.
ICDL Africa participated in Tanzania’s 3rd ICT Summit, which took place in early September in the capital, Dar es Salaam. Hosted by the Institute of Finance Management, the event was attended by local and international speakers from academia and industry.
Computer Aid International and the Computer Society of Zimbabwe partnered to provide digital skills solutions to 10 government schools in Harare. Nine primary schools and one high school were selected by the Provincial Education Directors, under the Ministry of Education.
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) celebrated 20 years of ICDL at its annual Accredited Test Centre (ATC) forum recently. Geoff Fairall, member of the CSZ Council, highlighted the landmarks of the last 20 years of ICDL in Zimbabwe. Five Pioneer, an ATC, shared their experiences over the years in encouraging existing, new and potential centres.
Rwanda Management Institute (RMI) held an open day event, in collaboration with ICDL Africa, to promote RMI activities, including ICDL certification. During the event, Rwanda’s Minister of Labour, the Honourable Judith Uwizeye, congratulated RMI for its use of ICDL.
Young people in the Cape Town area had a chance to learn how to code thanks to a successful coding boot-camp, run by ICDL South Africa in conjunction with ‘Kids Who Code’, during the April mid-term school holidays. The boot-camp formed part of the launch of the new ICDL Computing module in South Africa.
The Central Bank of Rwanda (BNR) is carrying out a pilot of ICDL Compass to test the skills of its employees. The project is being undertaken to identify the digital skills gaps at BNR, and determine which ICDL modules are relevant for each department. BNR has shown an interest in offering ICDL to more than 400 of its employees.
A National Digital Talent Policy has been approved by the Government of Rwanda. The policy states that all employees in the civil service, and workers at government-owned companies, will undergo training and certification with globally accepted digital literacy providers. Furthermore, it states that new job entrants must have, at least, a basic level certificate from a globally accepted digital literacy provider.
ICDL Africa and the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) have completed a successful pilot project as part of an initiative to raise the digital skill levels of local and central government employees, and members of the public in the country. The project, which lasted 9 months, was funded by the government through the country’s National Capacity Building Secretariat, and saw candidates from the security sector trained and tested in the four ICDL Base modules and three of the ICDL Intermediate modules.