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ECDL France Receives Digital Champion Award for National Actions in the Promotion of the Digital Agenda for Europe

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25 October 2011

The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) is the European Commission’s comprehensive roadmap outlining measures to stimulate economic growth, and promote social inclusion through the creation of a more competitive and digitally streamlined Europe - one of its key action areas is ‘Enhancing digital literacy, skills, and inclusion’. If the aims set out in the DAE are to be achieved, joint and targeted action needs to be taken by national governments and key national stakeholders.

ECDL Foundation, the certifying authority for the leading international computer skills certification programme, ECDL / ICDL, has committed itself and its extensive network of European National Operators and test centres to the realisation of these aims. The concerted campaign that ECDL France has conducted since the launch of the DAE has resulted in its award as the ECDL 'Digital Champion'.

As part of this national campaign to raise the national profile of all initiatives for the promotion of digital literacy and digital skills development, ECDL France, among other actions taken, has:

  • Outlined a charter committing its entire national test centre network to advocating that ECDL be recognised as the European standard in digital competence, and highlighting the importance of certification in ICT skills training.
  • Provided a template for its test centre network to lobby national digital literacy policy influencers and national partners.
  • Committed itself and its test centre network to a series of national round tables for the promotion of digital literacy, and to highlight the importance of the DAE in driving economic growth, and in creating a more inclusive society.

Proactive and targeted campaigns such as this one will help to raise awareness – at national and international level – of the importance of digital literacy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills development programmes in stimulating economic growth, and in creating a more digitally inclusive Europe.