ICDL Africa and the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) have completed a successful pilot project as part of an initiative to raise the digital skill levels of local and central government employees, and members of the public in the country. The project, which lasted 9 months, was funded by the government through the country’s National Capacity Building Secretariat, and saw candidates from the security sector trained and tested in the four ICDL Base modules and three of the ICDL Intermediate modules.
146 candidates received their ICDL certificates at a graduation ceremony organised by MYICT and attended by the Minister of Youth and ICT, representatives of the Rwanda Defence Forces and Rwanda Correctional Services, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, and the Director General of the Rwanda Management Institute.
The pilot project has provided a strong foundation for similar activities in the future, and received good feedback from candidates. More civil servants will now be offered the opportunity to follow ICDL certification.
The Minister of Youth and ICT said, “We live in a world where no innovation can be initiated without the use of technology. Starting this course with security organs is proof that our liberation struggle has shifted to development. In our quest to develop, we believe security organs should always be a step ahead.”
During his speech, the Deputy Inspector General of Police said, “This training is very crucial especially to security agencies. We are currently living in a world where we must use technology in law enforcement and this is why we are glad to have our officers benefiting from this course.”
More information about this initiative can be found on the website of ICDL Africa.