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Kenyan Government Endorsement ICDL

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The ICDL programme in Africa recently received another landmark endorsement when the Kenyan
Government announced that the ICDL is to be recognised as the entry level computer certification
designed to demonstrate competence in computer use – the only certification to be recognised as
such. Minister Samuel Poghisio amended the Information and Communications Act to recognize the
ICDL, which is not linked to any particular software manufacturer, in an effort to provide an
international, independent benchmark computer skills certification in Kenya.

Mr Etinick Mutinda, ICDL Africa Development Representative for Kenya said “We are delighted
and honoured to receive this important endorsement from the Kenyan Government as we have
a long track record of achievement here in Kenya. We share the vision of Minister Poghisio
that the adoption of the ICDL standard will result in practical and quantifiable gains towards
the goal of „education for all‟ on a large scale, benefiting individuals and the country as a
whole.”

Once the new policy guidelines take effect, all civil servants in Kenya will be expected to be ICDL
Certified while UNDP, Xerox International and Toyota East Africa are among companies that currently
require their employees to be ICDL compliant. Regional Development Manager for ECDL
Foundation, Daniel Palmer said, „This is very significant endorsement for ICDL in Africa – by
auditing and accrediting local institutions to international standards we will assist the Kenyan
government in the implementation of the ICDL standard and the provision of a focal point for
the formation of partnerships with other organisations who share the same national economic
development and capacity building goals”.

The project also enjoys the logistical and administrative support of the ICDL South Africa office in
Cape Town, providing high quality backup to the ICDL Africa team on the ground in Kenya.
Although a compliance deadline is yet to be issued, all computer colleges in Kenya will now prepare
to offer courses leading to this certification, placing Kenya at the forefront of the 31 African countries
which have already adopted or endorsed ICDL.

The following is the official notice from the department of information and Communications:

GAZETTE NOTICE NO. 12070
THE KENYA INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS ACT
(No. 2of 1998)
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
SECTOR POLICY GUIDELINES

AMENDEMENT
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by section 5A of the Kenya Information and Communications act, 1998, the Minister for
Information and Communications amends the policy guidelines issued vide Gazette Notice no. 2431 of 2006 by inserting the
following new subparagraph at the end of paragraph 3.3.9-
(g) Recognizing the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Certification as the entry level computer certification
designed to demonstrate competence in computer use.

Dated the 2nd November, 2009.
SAMUEL POGHISIO,
Minister for Information and Communications.

To find out more about the ICDL programme in Kenya, including how to become accredited as an
ICDL centre, please contact ICDL Africa’s development representative in Nairobi, Mr Etinick Mutinda
(etinick.mutinda@icdlafrica.org)

To find out more about the ICDL programme in Africa, please contact info@icdlafrica,org or see
www.icdlafrica.org for more information.