Irish Minister of State with Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr. Damien English is in Kenya this week for the 10TH WTO Ministerial Conference. In conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Nairobi, the ICDL Africa team in Kenya organised a roundtable session today on ‘Digital Skills in the Public Sector’ with Minister English and Irish Ambassador, Dr. Vincent O’Neill as guests of honour. Various key stakeholders from the Kenyan ICT sector were in attendance, including representatives from the Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the TVET Authority, as well as several of our biggest ATCs.
Following the presentations from each organisation, Minister English spoke very highly about ICDL in an Irish and European context and was pleased to hear of the success in Kenya and Africa also. He underlined the role of Government policy and skilled employees in the growth of the ICT sector in Ireland, but also in the overall economy. Lorraine Benson, leading the delegation from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, spoke of the digitalisation of Government services in Ireland and the comparison with Kenya today. Recent ICDL candidates from various Government Ministries were presented with their certificates by the Minister also. The session finished with a Q&A.
This event marks the end of a very successful year for ICDL in Kenya, with over 7000 candidates registered and over 50,000 certification tests taken. Kenya continues to be the reference point for the adoption of digital skills in Africa. ICDL Africa looks forward to continuing to improve digital literacy levels in 2016.