A delegation from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s ANSUT (National Agency of the Universal Service of Telecommunications/ICT) visited ICDL Africa. The visit was aimed at strengthening collaboration between the organisations in the national deployment of ICDL in the west African country. During the meetings in Kigali, a roadmap for ICDL projects in 2019 was reviewed, and the delegation met with ICDL Foundation CEO, Damien O’Sullivan.
The ‘Youth for Impact’ programme aims to use ECDL to empower young people in Serbia who have disabilities or are without parental care. Funded by the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the programme enabled 25 young people to attend training and pass ECDL tests for four Base modules.
AICA, the ECDL National Operator in Italy, launched a new online course for teachers, ‘Fare didattica con il coding’, on January 14. The course is aimed at teachers, and can support those who want to teach the ECDL Computing module to their students and promote the introduction of computational thinking to their schools.
ECDL training and certification is being used to help employees to improve the quality and services of Pozega Basic Court in Serbia.
Schools in Jordan are becoming more aware about the importance of ICDL modules and the necessity of teachers and staff acquiring digital skills, regardless of their background.
Students at Uganda Technology and Management University will have the opportunity to certify their digital skills with ICDL after the private university became an ICDL Accredited Test Centre.
ECDL Romania has launched the second edition of its 3D printing campaign. The campaign, which aims to give young people the chance to develop 3D printing skills that are in demand in the labour market, is run in cooperation with partners, Dedeman, a major retailer of construction materials and interior design, AOAR, a business association that actively engages in initiatives to support economic growth and better global integration of the Romanian economy, and the Romanian Ministry of Education.
The ECDL Switzerland team attended the largest education fair in Switzerland, Swissdidac and Worlddidac, from 7 to 9 November 2018 in Bern. The fair takes place every two years and offers a platform for providers of educational services, such as test systems, materials, or books, to exhibit their services, attracting approximately 17,000 visitors.
Specto, the ICDL National Operator in a number of Arab states, has worked with pan-Arab ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) platform, EDRAAK, to make ICDL Base modules available to a wider audience.
A new report on 'education in the digital era' has been adopted by the European Parliament at its session in Strasbourg this week. The report highlights that digital skills need to be acquired throughout life and in different ways and calls for measures to help close the digital skills gap, including supporting increased funding under programmes in the EU's next multi-year budget.