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November 2006 - Indonesia's Ministry of Education officially adopts the ICDL computer skills program

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Education officially adopts the ICDL computer skills programme at a nationwide scale

The ICDL computer skills certification programme in Indonesia received a high profile official endorsement from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Directorate General of Non-Formal Education. The endorsement involves the initial accreditation of 80 public vocational training centres for the delivery of the ICDL Core Level programme training and certification to students who do not have direct access to technological infrastructure for IT skills training.

The MOE endorsement is a major breakthrough for the ICDL programme in Indonesia and in the Asia Pacific region in general, achieved by the ICDL Licensee in Indonesia in its ongoing efforts to raise digital literacy among the people of its country. MYR Agung Sidayu, Chairman of the ICDL Licensee in Indonesia said: “We are pleased to grant accreditation to 80 BPPLSP and SKB centres in 5 regions of the country, which represents a practical solution to serve the Indonesian people who lack access to IT training facilities. The decision reflects our commitment to work with our partners to develop and deliver innovative educational methods to raise the level of basic computer skills while eventually aiming at improving people’s prospects to pursue productive careers. This is in keeping with the ICDL mission to offer the MoE in Indonesia adopts ICDL.doc opportunity to the members of all social backgrounds to upgrade their computer skills.”

The public vocational training centres, locally called BPPLSP or SKB are the country's first state-of-the-art lifelong learning training units, equipped with advanced technology training tools for the non-formal educational environment. The idea was conceived by Dr. Ace Suryadi, Director General of Non-Formal Education, MoE of Indonesia. This modern approach to IT skills training matches the ICDL programme’s vision of delivering the highest standards of basic computer skills proficiency to all. Based on the plan, by the end of 2006 an initial 100 public vocational training centres, spread all over the country, will be approved as ICDL Test Centres; another 200 both public and private centres will follow in 2007. All approved public vocational training centres will receive central support and some of their students will receive government funding to complete their full ICDL Core Level training and certification programme.

Dr. Ace Suryadi said: “… we planned to provide accessibility and scholarship facilities to young Indonesian people to take ICDL tests and receive ICDL certificates if they pass the seven (7) module tests, which will be organized at each BPPLSP or SKB which is accredited by ICDL Asia Pacific as an ICDL Approved Test Centre. With such financial support, the Directorate of Non-Formal Education offers also a great opportunity for women workers to be ICDL certified before gaining a job locally or internationally.’” Dr. Triyadi, Director of Vocational Course Providers and Institutional Supervision added, “… as part of our commitment to provide the very latest in IT training and technologies, we have added ICDL training and certification as a foundational programme to the various training courses that BPPLSP and SKB centres offer. This has allowed us to offer training and certification to different segments, such as Local Government’s personnel, job seekers, women workers, even housewives, who are living or working in their own territory, by using state-of-the-art facilities and supported by advanced training tools.'”

The ICDL Licensee in Indonesia is responsible for the deployment of the ICDL programme in the country and dedicated to helping raise the level of basic computer competency in the Indonesian society. The ICDL programme has already achieved remarkable success around the world with more than 6,500,000 candidates and 25,000 Test Centres in more than 140 countries. Several international, governmental, corporate and academic organisations around the world have already adopted the ICDL programme in a similar fashion.

The ECDL Foundation (www.ecdl.org) and ICDLAP (www.icdlap.com) welcome the adoption of the ICDL programme by Indonesia’s MoE and, in collaboration with the ICDL Licensee in Indonesia, will provide their full support in both deploying the current plan and expanding it further in the formal education system as well as the private sector in Indonesia.

For more information please contact:
Marketing department of the ECDL Foundation
T: +353 1 630 6000
E: marketing@ecdl.org