Oman’s Strides in ICT Literacy and Education

Oman has emerged as a leader in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy within the Middle East, thanks to strategic initiatives supported by the Ministry of National Economy. In 2004, Oman’s Ministry of Education embarked on a national initiative, securing accreditation for 357 schools to provide ICDL training and testing to 50,000 11th-grade students. This marked the initial phase of a comprehensive project aimed at building Oman’s digital society.

The commitment to ICT education in Oman is further demonstrated by ongoing initiatives, such as ICDL camps in the summer of 2005, designed to train teachers and students for ICDL certification. Additionally, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s e-Skills program mandates all teachers and government employees in Dubai to become ICDL certified by June 2007. These efforts have significantly boosted ICT learning programmes in the region, with several ministries and federal organisations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) endorsing and adopting the ICDL programme as a critical component of the education system. Oman’s proactive approach underscores the importance of ICT in preparing its citizens for the digital future.

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