ICDL Highlighted by Irish Minister at Digital Skills Event in Kenya

Damien English Addresses Meeting in KenyaDamien English, the Irish Minister of State with Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, recently addressed an event on digital skills, jointly organised by ICDL Africa, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Nairobi. The minister was in Kenya for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference.

The roundtable session on ‘Digital Skills in the Public Sector’, which took place in December, was attended by Minister English and the Irish Ambassador, Dr Vincent O’Neill, along with key stakeholders from the Kenyan ICT sector, representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the TVET Authority, and several of the largest Kenyan ICDL Accredited Test Centres.

After 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 7,000 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.

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