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ICDL’s Transformative Impact: A Digital Skills Revolution in Kenya

In 2009, Kenya took a monumental step towards fostering digital literacy by incorporating ICDL into national law. An amendment to the Information and Communications Act officially recognized ICDL Certification as the entry-level standard, signaling a turning point for digital competence in the country. Since then, ICDL has evolved to become the preferred certification for numerous organizations spanning the public and private sectors.

Today, Kenya boasts a robust ICDL ecosystem with over 80 Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) strategically placed across the nation. These centers collectively facilitate both training and testing, empowering individuals with essential digital skills. Annually, more than 10,000 new candidates enrol in the ICDL program, undertaking over 50,000 certification tests. This surge in demand reflects the widespread acknowledgment of the program’s effectiveness in addressing the growing need for digital proficiency.

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) played a pivotal role in cementing ICDL’s status in Kenya. By accrediting ICDL Africa as a “Foreign Examination Body” and endorsing the ICDL program as a certificate-level qualification in the TVETA system, the regulatory body facilitated both private and public-sponsored ICDL initiatives. The TVET Authority’s recognition of ICDL Africa as a foreign certification body further underscored the program’s significance in advancing digital skills in the Kenyan workforce.

ICDL Africa’s local office in Kenya has forged strong partnerships with the TVET Authority and the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI). This collaboration has not only advocated for the importance of digital skills but has also been instrumental in marketing ICDL programs throughout Kenya. With a network of over 80 Accredited Test Centers covering diverse sectors such as schools, technical training institutions, universities, government institutions, NGOs, and commercial training organizations, ICDL has become a cornerstone in Kenya’s journey towards a digitally empowered future. The success of ICDL in Kenya stands as a testament to the nation’s commitment to equipping its citizens with the skills necessary for the evolving digital landscape.

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The Nigerian Minister for Education approves ICDL as the National standard for Computer Literacy in the Ministry for Education and for the Education Sector

At the launch of the Computer Acquisition Scheme (an integral part of Nigeria’s Roadmap for the Education Sector), the Honourable Minister Prof. (Mrs.) R. Rufa’i firstly acknowledged that ICT has,…
Read more → The Nigerian Minister for Education approves ICDL as the National standard for Computer Literacy in the Ministry for Education and for the Education Sector

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ICDL Accredited Test Centers

CHRM College
Hazina Trade Center – 13th Floor Mokhtar Daddar Street
Computer Aid International-Kenya
PO Box 1491-00100, International House, 15th Floor Mama Ngina Street, CBD,, Nairobi, Kenya
NGO
Equip Africa Institute- Mount Kenya University
PO Box 13495- 00100, Union Towers 5th Floor, Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
College/University
Excel Global College
P.O. Box: 1242-00606
Institute of Energy Studies and Research – Kenya Power
PO Box 30099-00100, Thika Highway, Nairobi, Kenya
Corporate
KAG East University
BuruBuru Phase 4 Mumias; South Road, PO Box 46328 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
College/University
Kenya Coast National Polytechnic
PO Box 81220-80100, Kisauni Road, Mombasa, Kenya
College/University
Kenya Institute of Professional Studies
PO Box 11696-00400, Ayfa Centre, 11th Floor, Tom Mboya Street, Nairobi, Kenya
Commercial Training Organisation
Kenya Technical Trainers College – KTTC
P.O Box 44600, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
College/University
MAKE ME SMILE KENYA
P. O Box 3033 – 40100, Kisumu – Kenya
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
, P.O box 190-50100 Kakamega Kenya, Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya
Mikisa Group of Schools Ltd
P. O. Box 35327-00200, Mukinduri Road, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
College/School
Mount Kenya University
P. O. Box 342-01000,, General Kago Road, Thika, Kenya
College/University
SOS Regional Resources Centre
MM8W+CC9, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
The East African University
P. O. Box 18583 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa, Kitengela, Kenya
The Kenya Institute of Management
PO Box 43706-00100, Uhuru Highway/Nyerere Road Junction, Nairobi, Kenya
College/University
The Maa Trust
P.O.Box 63794-00619 Muthaiga, Nairobi, Kenya
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ICDL Africa Digital Challenge 2024

The ICDL Africa Digital Challenge is an annual competition for primary, secondary, higher education, and tertiary students in Africa who want to showcase their digital skills. It aims to provide practical training in digital skills needed for various professional fields in the rapidly changing digital economy. Last year, over 300 students from Kenya and Uganda participated in the competition. After the successful pilot, ICDL Africa Digital Challenge 2024 will expand to include a new territory and more levels of education, making it accessible to more students across Africa. The competition will introduce contestants to emerging technologies, design, and the use of office application tools. It will take place from March 2024 to September 2024, and a detailed timeline is available on the Competition Journey page. The competition has various tracks, including Registration of Interest and Group Registration, and is open to those in other territories who contact the organizers for more information.

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2024

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge is an annual digital competition targeted to students in Asia who are eager to compete and demonstrate how digital skills may be applied in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. First held in 2017, the competition has garnered tremendous support, with over 28,800 students, 500 schools, and 18 countries participating to date. The competition is geared towards practical digital skills required for various professional fields in the marketplace today and in the future. Take this chance to challenge yourself and get recognised for your digital skills at ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2024!

Singapore National Digital Explorer 2024

A nationwide digital literacy initiative designed to empower Singapore students to learn real-world skills that enable them to think critically and be more productive learners. Aligned to the latest Ministry of Education, Singapore’s EdTech Plan, this Student-Initiated Learning (SIL) initiative will focus on equipping students with key skills and knowledge on the effective use of office productivity tools, online collaboration and emerging technologies. The NDE 2024 programme is targeted at primary, secondary and JC students.

ICDL Africa Forum 2023

The prestigious ICDL Africa Annual Forum, set to take place in the vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda, scheduled for Wednesday, 25th October 2023. In today’s digital age, digital literacy has become a necessary skill for everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the necessary resources and training to acquire these skills. The ICDL Africa Forum …

ICDL Africa Digital Explorer 2023

The ICDL Africa Digital Explorer 2023 is an exciting student competition designed to promote ICDL and its comprehensive programs. Initially launching in Kenya and Uganda in the second quarter of 2023, this competition aims to raise digital competency and skills awareness among schools in these territories. The campaign’s central message revolves around “The importance of …

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