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ECDL Foundation Announces Global ECDL / ICDL Candidate Competition winner for 2007

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ECDL / ICDL : A Brighter Future award for Austrian Stefan Bogdanovic

ECDL Foundation announced this year’s global ECDL / ICDL: A Brighter Future winner at the ECDL Foundation Awards ceremony on 18th October 2007, in Barcelona, Spain. The award was presented to Austrian, Stefan Bogdanovic, in recognition of his personal achievement in attaining the ECDL certification in difficult personal circumstances.

The ECDL / ICDL: A Brighter Future competition aims to encourage Candidates to share their experiences about the ECDL / ICDL certification with the rest of the world. The competition process entailed ECDL / ICDL Candidates submitting a story describing the influence that ECDL / ICDL has had on their lives and how it provided them with brighter future.

Stefan Bogdanovic from Austria was selected as a global winner for his courage and pioneering spirit in achieving the ECDL certification. After being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004, Stefan had to quit school and his biggest passion, football. He learnt about ECDL at the Children’s Cancer Help Institution in Vienna. When becoming ECDL certified, Stefan decided to give something back to the community. He passed the ECDL Advanced test and became an ECDL trainer at the Children’s Cancer Help Institution in Vienna.

Stefan Bogdanovic said: ‘’For the first time after I was diagnosed with a cancer, I found ECDL as something I could hold on to and something that could give me a better hope for the future. It had certainly been one of the best decisions of my life to become ECDL certified!’’

Speaking on the occasion of the global Candidate Competition Awards ceremony, Damien O'Sullivan, CEO of ECDL Foundation, said: “ECDL / ICDL has a profound effect on many people’s lives and the: ECDL / ICDL: A Brighter Future competition has been established to recognise and celebrate this fact. This year's winning story, wirtten by Stefan Bogdanovic from Austria, shows that ECDL / ICDL can help people in difficult personal circumstances to start looking at their future with new hope. With this Award ECDL Foundation honours Stefan Bogdanovic’s achievement and hope that it will serve as a testament and proof of the benefits of the ECDL / ICDL certification for Candidates around the world.

The Awards ceremony was attended by ICT professionals, representing national computer societies and international organisations in 148 countries around the world.

For more information contact:
Tanja Zabukovnik, ECDL Foundation
T : + 353 1 630 6017