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.
Specto held one-week workshop for three ICT trainers at the University of Burao, in Somaliland, to certify them with ICDL skills. The trainers were tested on the four ICDL Base modules, as well as the Presentation, Using Databases, Online Collaboration, Image Editing, Project Planning and IT Security modules.
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.
Princess Alia University College in Jordan held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students who have successfully passed seven ICDL modules. The Deputy Dean of the College, along with a representative of Specto, the local ICDL National Operator, presented the certificates to the students. The Dean also took the opportunity to stress the importance of having essential ICT skills before entering the job market.
Since last October, IBEC Región Andina has offered the ICDL from their centres in Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. The centres have become ICDL Accredited Test Centres with the aim of providing digital skills training and certification to students, teachers, administrative personnel of universities and institutes, as well as to the personnel of private and public organisations, NGOs and the community in general.
ICDL Lebanon participated in the second edition of the Education and Orientation Expo, EDEX 2018, which took place in Beirut from 14 to 17 November.
An ECDL Regional Conference and Forum with the theme, ‘from digital literacy to digital competence’ was held on 18 October 2018 in Priština, Kosovo. The opening speech was given by the Chairman of ECDL Foundation, Tony Franke. The conference and forum were organised in four sessions.