The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) celebrated 20 years of ICDL at its annual Accredited Test Centre (ATC) forum recently. Geoff Fairall, member of the CSZ Council, highlighted the landmarks of the last 20 years of ICDL in Zimbabwe. Five Pioneer, an ATC, shared their experiences over the years in encouraging existing, new and potential centres.
ECDL Spain was present at the Future Jobs event, organised by Laboralie on 15 and 16 June in La Coruña, in north-western Spain. The event aimed to present the new labour opportunities that are connected to digital skills.
Specto, the ICDL National Operator in Jordan, has signed an agreement with the Director General of the Amman Chamber of Commerce. The agreement was reached after several meetings and discussions about the importance of ICDL, and the benefits that the members of the Chamber could receive from ICDL certification.
Malta’s presidency of the EU has published a Digital Education Manifesto, presenting the results of a two-day gathering of global policy-makers, thought leaders and people active in education, that was held earlier in the year.
The new Estonian Presidency of the EU has included a ‘digital Europe’ in their top four priorities over the coming months. The key priorities of the Presidency will be: “an open and innovative European economy, a safe and secure Europe, a digital Europe and the free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe.”
“Digitalisation offers the opportunity for creating new and better jobs, while at the same time raising challenges regarding skills, social protection and job quality” according to the final communique of the recent G20 leaders’ meeting in Hamburg.
An “ambitious digital vision for Europe” featured in the conclusions of the European Council’s meeting in late June, along with security and defence, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the economy, and migration.
ECDL Foundation's Head of Programme Standards, Frank Mockler, chaired a symposium on ‘Initiatives to Promote and Develop Students’ Computing Skills’ at the World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE2017.com) in Dublin on 6 July 2017. The symposium also included participants from the Italian, Lithuanian, Irish and Polish ECDL National Operators, as well as from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Rwanda Management Institute (RMI) held an open day event, in collaboration with ICDL Africa, to promote RMI activities, including ICDL certification. During the event, Rwanda’s Minister of Labour, the Honourable Judith Uwizeye, congratulated RMI for its use of ICDL.
A new tool to identify the skills and qualifications of third country nationals was launched by the European Commission on 20 June. The online self-assessment EU Skills Profiling Tool serves as a direct response to the need to harness the talents of new migrants in Europe.