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Digital Skills Used to Improve Chances for Rural Communities in South Africa

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ICDL South Africa attended a recent event as part of an initiative to bring ICT resources to rural communities in need. The event, organised by the Government of the Western Cape, brought together representatives of ‘eAccess centres’ to share experiences of how ICDL is being used. One centre has used the certification to engage its participants in work to combat issues with youth gangs, while another has focussed on unemployment. A centre with over 80,000 service users since the start of the year, reported a huge demand for ICDL.

While funding remains a challenge, with training provided for free by the government, the average pass mark for the Base modules is 88%. Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO of ICDL South Africa, presented ICDL certificates to 80 successful candidates during the event. The Government of the Western Cape has indicated that it is eager to continue working with ICDL in 2017, with an expansion of the project targeting more people.

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