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.
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.
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.
A pilot project to use ECDL to enhance the digital skills of secondary school students in Bratislava has been launched by SSCS, which is responsible for ECDL in Slovakia, and the city government. The project is being funded solely by the regional government’s budget and will allow students to take ECDL free of charge.
140 public schools in the Republic of Kosovo have received a grant from the World Bank to improve the digital competences of public-school teachers in using technology in the classroom. ECDL Kosova, the local ECDL National Operator has been selected to offer ECDL training and certification to a number of these schools.
A new agreement to deliver ECDL to 1,050 candidates in Warsaw has been signed by ECDL Poland. The project, which is financed by the EU, will see the candidates trained and tested to the ECDL DigComp Profile. This Profile was developed by ECDL Poland as a set of 6 ECDL modules that cover the EU’s DigComp framework for digital competences. The project will be delivered in November and December 2018.
The ‘Computer Competences Certificate – Basic Level’ (CCCBL) has been included in Poland’s Integrated Qualification System at proficiency level two. CCCBL, which was created by the Polish Information Processing Society, the ECDL National Operator in the country, is a generalised version of ECDL Base. Its creation means that candidates acquiring ECDL Base Profile certificates in Poland are also able to receive a CCCBL certificate that is recognised in the official qualification system.