It all started with a Tweet: ICDL Africa signs Memorandum of Understanding with Rwandan Government

Who would have thought that a Twitter conversation between ICDL Africa and the Rwandan Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana would lead to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on improving digital literacy and enabling public sector employees across Rwanda to gain ICDL certification?

ICDL Africa began discussions with the Ministry for Youth and ICT (MYICT) over a year ago, to understand the policies which were being put in place by Minister Nsengimana and his team in order to put ICT at the heart of the Rwandan economy. An invitation to the ‘Smart Rwanda Days’ event in October 2014 showed the ICDL Africa team that the world was watching Rwanda and that ICT was being used to ‘Connect, Innovate & Transform’ the country, in particular, its youth.

ICDL Africa is delighted to have signed a MoU with MYICT in January, committing to collaborate under the Smart Rwanda Master Plan which aims to raise digital awareness and digital literacy, as well as to certify 85,000 public sector employees across Rwanda.

ECDL Foundation CEO, Damien O’Sullivan and ICDL Africa General Manager, Séamus McGinley travelled to Rwanda to meet with key stakeholders in the Rwandan Development Board (RDB), Workforce Development Authority (WDA), and MYICT, as well as with private sector representatives, in November 2014. They outlined ICDL Africa’s intention to establish its head office in Rwanda, to serve all of Africa and our office in Kigali is now open for business. Today, ICDL Africa is truly at the heart of Africa!

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