In 2001, UNESCO-Cairo initiated a pivotal development in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education in the Middle East by introducing the ICDL programme. This marked a significant step towards empowering individuals across the region with essential computer skills. The ICDL-GCC Foundation, established in June 2004, further propelled this movement by dedicating itself to elevating the general level of computer proficiency among the 38 million residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The foundation provides localised support to ICDL-accredited training and testing centres in the GCC region and oversees the adaptation of programme content to meet the specific needs of learners. With the objective of partnering with governments in the region, the foundation envisions making ICDL an integral part of the general education system and a staple in government training programmes. UNESCO-Cairo’s forward-thinking approach has played a crucial role in fostering ICT literacy, enabling individuals to harness the benefits of the digital era and actively contribute to the region’s socio-economic progress.