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February 2006 - ICDL in Saudi Arabia receives Presidential recognition

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ICDL in Saudi Arabia receives Presidential recognition
ECDL Foundation recognizes six institutions for promoting Digital Literacy in Saudi Arabia

The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in Saudi Arabia received a high profile boost during the Presidential Trade Mission of Mrs Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in February 2006.

The Presidential visit provided an opportunity for some of the leading supporters of ICDL in the Kingdom to be recognised for their exceptional effort in promoting nationwide digital literacy programmes and advocacy of the ICDL concept in Saudi Arabia. ICDL is recognised in Saudi Arabia as the standard for digital literacy and is the most widely adopted end-user computer skills certification in the Kingdom. As the leading IT certification in the Gulf region, the ICDL has contributed to a significant rise in digital literacy levels across the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia.

During the Presidential visit, representatives from the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation (ECDL-F), the global governing body of the ICDL, as well as those from ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body of ICDL in the Gulf region, and ICDL Saudi were invited to a Business Breakfast held in Riyadh attended by President McAleese. In addition, a number of leading supporters of ICDL in Saudi Arabia were honoured with an invitation to the Presidential Business Breakfast in recognition of their ongoing support for digital literacy and the ICDL concept. Those honoured were H.E. Dr. Ali Nasir Al-Ghafis, Governor of the General Organisation of Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT) and Dr. Khaled H. Al-Angari, Deputy Governor of GOTEVOT.

In addition, ICDL Saudi used the occasion of the President’s visit to recognise and present awards to six leading Saudi organisations for their invaluable support for ICDL and digital literacy at an Awards ceremony held on February 12th. The event, which was hosted by ICDL Saudi MD, Dr Sulaiman M. Al Dhalaan at the Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, was attended by more than 100 dignitaries including Princes, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers, University Rectors and Vice-Rectors, Governors and Deputy Governors and senior figures in the government, military and private sectors. The guests of honour at the event were ECDL-F CEO, Mr David Carpenter, and ICDL GCC Foundation’s Mr. Jamil Ezzo, the Director General for the Gulf region. Six organisations in different categories were honoured for their contributions to raising digital literacy levels in the Kingdom through their support for the ICDL concept. All six have made ICDL certification mandatory for their employees/students. The Technical Education Award was accepted by Governor H.E Dr. Ali Nasir Al-Ghafis on behalf of the General Organisation of Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT). The Award for Universities was accepted by H.E Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan on behalf of King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM). The Private Training Centre Award was accepted by Shaikh Ahmad A. Rahman Al Taweel, Managing Director of the Alfaisal International Academy. The Award for Provincial Projects was presented to AlMadinah Region e-Services Committee and was accepted by Engineer Ibrahim Al Ahmadi, Undersecretary for Area Services and Head of the Executive e-services Desk. The Private Universities Award was accepted by College President, Dr.Ahmed M. Al-Eisa (Ph.D) on behalf of Al Yamamah College. The e-Government in the Public Sector Award was accepted by Secretary General HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud on behalf of the Supreme Commision for Tourism.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, ECDL-F CEO Mr David Carpenter said, “The success of the ICDL concept in Saudi Arabia is a testament to the vision, commitment and hard work of all the partners involved. The ICDL concept has been embraced by the Saudi Government, the private sector and the academic community - all of whom have recognised its benefits for Saudi citizens, businesses and society. Thanks to the energy and hard work of our ICDL Saudi team and their partners in the training, testing and courseware sectors, the ICDL has been instrumental in raising levels of digital literacy in the Kingdom. On the occasion of the State visit of Mrs Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia we take the opportunity to honour the important work that each of these organisations has done in their respective areas to promote and foster digital literacy in Saudi Arabia. ”

For more information please contact:
Marketing department of the ECDL Foundation
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