Nesta, a UK charity promoting science and technology innovation has published a new guide that looks at how to prepare, “the workforce for an inclusive digital economy.” The guide provides an overview of barriers to upskilling the workforce and suggests policy steps that could be taken by governments to overcome those barriers.
The latest edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) has been published by the European Commission. DESI summarises key indicators on the continent’s digital performance, including on digital skills, providing a tool to track progress of Member States in digital competitiveness.
ICDL Africa met with Benin’s Minister of the Digital Economy and Communication, Aurélie Adam Soule Zoumarou, in May to sign an agreement to raise digital skills in the country.
The European Commission has published a new user guide to DigComp. The guide, which features a case study of ECDL Poland’s use of DigComp, as well as a quote from Frank Mockler, Head of Programme Standards at ECDL Foundation, is intended to highlight “inspiring DigComp implementations.”
ICDL Africa visited a new smart village project in Rwanda recently. The smart village project, which aims to help transform rural communities, is deployed using containers equipped with computing equipment and powered by solar energy. The smart village is the first of its type in Rwanda and will be used to provide digital literacy training using the ICDL Digital Citizen programme, to over 300 citizens in the district of Tumba, Rwanda.
Eight projects were recognised as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation’s programmes at the annual Best Practice Awards, held during the recent ECDL Foundation Forum in Prague.
As computational thinking and basic coding have become a trend and seemingly necessary basic skills for the new generation to have, ICDL Asia and Korea Productivity Centre (KPC) have successfully developed a Korean version of the ICDL Computing module for the students in the country’s universities and international schools.
A signing ceremony to mark the start of a new initiative to adopt ICDL for students at Nanjing Commercial College, in China, took place in March, attended by ICDL Asia General Manager, Tina Wu, and the college’s Chancellor, Yin Shufeng. The new agreement is in line with China’s policy to internationalise its universities and colleges by introducing internationally recognised qualifications.
ICDL Africa visited the Muhanga Campus of the Rwanda Management Institute (RMI), where the Accredited Test Centre has been training candidates who will eventually take on the responsibility of training civil servants across the country.
ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Sign Agreement to Certify ICT Skills of Accounting and Finance Professionals
ICDL Asia, ACCA and Kaplan Learning Institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide a series of globally-accredited ICDL ICT certification programmes to fulfil the digital competencies of accounting and finance professionals.