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Projects for the Improvement of Global Digital Literacy Levels are Awarded at an International Best Practice Ceremony

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25 October 2011

This year, the ECDL Foundation Best Practice Awards ceremony was attended by ICT professionals and digital literacy policy shapers, representing national computer societies and international organisations from all continents.

ECDL Foundation, the certifying authority for the leading international computer skills certification programme, ECDL / ICDL, established the Best Practice Awards seven years ago. The Best Practice Awards acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that are considered exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes, and that help to raise levels of digital literacy worldwide.

The 2011 Best Practice Awards received submissions in four separate categories, and the winners and runners-up within those categories were as follows:

Corporate / Private

Winner – ECDL France: ‘Targeting a Large Commercial Organisation – La Poste’
Extensive research into the structure and culture of a large organisation enabled ECDL France to deliver targeted ICT training and certification to Europe’s second largest postal operator.

Runner-up – ICDL Iran: ‘Training the Teachers for the Smart Schools’
This project details the delivery of ICT skills training to teachers in Iran as the Ministry of Education creates more and more ICT-enabled ‘Smart Schools’.

Government / Public

Winner – testIT (ICDL Sri Lanka): ‘Open Source ICDL’
ICT skills are delivered, through a government agency, to some of the poorest and most remote areas of Sri Lanka at minimal cost.

Runner-up – ICS Skills (Ireland): ‘ICT Skills Training for the Unemployed’
Close cooperation with the national employment agency re-skills large numbers of unemployed people, and helps them find employment.

Social Inclusion

Winner – ECDL Romania: ‘Training Without Boundaries’
Helping the social integration of people with motor disabilities by enabling them to obtain an internationally recognised computer skills certification, increasing their chances of securing employment.

Runner-up – ECDL Slovakia: ‘Digital Literacy for All’
For facilitating and co-funding projects that enable people with disabilities to develop and prove their ICT skills.

Marketing & PR

Winner – AICA (Italy): ‘Revitalising a Mature Market’
An innovative marketing campaign resulted in an increase in candidate registrations in a mature market that had experienced several years of slowing growth.

Runner-up – ICDL Africa: ‘Keep “IT” Clean’
This project raises ICT skill levels in Kenya while simultaneously delivering a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, and improving the local environment.