ICDL is being introduced to schools run by the Islamic Charity Center Society (ICCS) in Jordan under a new agreement between ICCS and Specto, the ICDL National Operator in the country. Under the agreement, which was signed in the presence of the General Manager of the Education Sector of ICCS and principals from all schools in the society, students will have the option to gain ICDL certification in 2019, and certification will become mandatory for all grade 7 to 9 students in 2020.
Schools in Jordan are becoming more aware about the importance of ICDL modules and the necessity of teachers and staff acquiring digital skills, regardless of their background.
Specto, the ICDL National Operator in a number of Arab states, has worked with pan-Arab ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) platform, EDRAAK, to make ICDL Base modules available to a wider audience.
Princess Alia University College in Jordan held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students who have successfully passed seven ICDL modules. The Deputy Dean of the College, along with a representative of Specto, the local ICDL National Operator, presented the certificates to the students. The Dean also took the opportunity to stress the importance of having essential ICT skills before entering the job market.
ICDL Lebanon participated in the second edition of the Education and Orientation Expo, EDEX 2018, which took place in Beirut from 14 to 17 November.
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.
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.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) continues to leverage the level of digital literacy of Syrian refugees by offering ICDL training and testing in four camps.
A new report by UNESCO has highlighted the ICDL programme as a significant example of a digital skills framework around the world. ‘A Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for Indicator 4.4.2’ was published with the aim of providing a basis for an indicator of the, “Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills”, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Under the patronage of His Excellency, Professor Azmi Mahafzah, Minister of Education in Jordan, Specto held a seminar at the Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort for private schools in Jordan. Around 100 delegates from schools and the Ministry of Education attended the event. Principals seized the opportunity to meet with the Minister for a quick chat about the situation in schools and the prospective future.