ECDL Foundation Newsletter - September 2016

ECDL/ICDL in Action Around the World

President of India Launches 15 International Skills Centres to Train Future Migrant Workforce

The first 15 International Skills Centres across India were launched at the Skill India ‘One Year Anniversary Ceremony’ on 15 July 2016, by the Honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The International Skills Centres will train and prepare the future migrant workforce.

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Estonia and South Korea Lead the World in Barclays Digital Development Index

Barclays has released its new ‘Digital Development Index’, surveying over 10,000 workers in 10 countries, to find out how prepared the UK’s workforce is to take advantage of the digital economy. By combining a measure of ‘Individual Digital Empowerment’, with an analysis of policy frameworks and support for the development of digital skills, Barclays were able to produce the overall ranking, which places Estonia and South Korea in joint first place, followed by Sweden, the UK, the USA, China and India.

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ECDL Recognised as an Entry Requirement for Working in the Maltese Public Service

Candidates applying to work in Malta’s Public Service are now required to provide proof of an ‘IT Office Application Skills’ qualification that is referenced against the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) at Level 3. ECDL is explicitly mentioned as an example of such a qualification.

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IT Security Project for Students Sees Amazing Success in Italy

The ‘Click safely! You can with ECDL’ project, operated by AICA, the ECDL National Operator in Italy, has seen success, with 30,000 logins and more than 1,000 students having expressed their interest in the project and online security.

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Digital Skills for Rwandan Youth

The ICDL Africa team visited the ATC, MindLeaps in Kigali, Rwanda earlier this month. MindLeaps is a dance and educational programme for street children and out-of-school youth in post-conflict and developing countries, currently operating in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea and Rwanda. MindLeaps currently has 90 children as part of its programme, and all of them were taken off the streets to be rehabilitated. The organisation helps them to enter (or re-enter) the school system. During their time at the centre, they take part in various classes such as dance, gardening, English, and now, ICDL.

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First Train the Trainer Programme launched in Tanzania

Tanzania became the first country outside of Rwanda to host the Train the Trainer (TTT) programme in Africa this month. The programme was hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC). 17 participants from across the various UCC branches throughout Tanzania, as well as some additional trainers from ATCs in Dar attended the 3 day programme, led by the Master Trainer, Peter Maina, from Rwanda.

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Slovakian Employers Organisation Shows Support for ECDL

Employers in Slovakia have shown their support for ECDL with the signing of a new agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the National Union of Employers, the IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS), and the Slovak Society for Computer Science (SSCS), which is the ECDL National Operator in the country.

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Digital Skills Assessment Campaign Gives ICDL a Boost in Sudan

Almost 500 students participated in a digital skills assessment campaign organised by Specto at 14 Accredited Test Centres in Sudan. The students took free assessment tests, to evaluate their level of digital skills. Among the centres involved were universities, private colleges, and training centres.

The campaign aimed to boost the ICDL programme in Sudan and encourage new people to take ICDL modules. The majority of participants in the assessment campaign have decided to work towards an ICDL certificate. Specto plans to carry out similar campaigns in different countries throughout the year.

EU Policy News

Digital Skills Featured Prominently in Programme for Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The New Skills Agenda for Europe has featured prominently in the programme for Slovakia’s term in the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The document calls for greater levels of adult education, with the inclusion of digital, entrepreneurial and transversal skills.

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Report from University of Oxford Argues Importance of Digital Skills for Economic Prosperity

A new paper from researchers at the University of Oxford, prepared for the European Commission, has examined ways to raise productivity and reduce the digital divide in Europe. The paper, titled, ‘Digitalisation, Jobs and Convergence in Europe: Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap’, looks at the effect that digital technology has had on the workplace, including automation and the introduction of new tasks and activities to existing jobs.

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Importance of Digital Skills in Vocational Education & Training Highlighted by European Commission Brochure

The importance of initial vocational education and training (VET) programmes, which help people to develop key skills competences, such as ICT skills, has been highlighted in a new brochure published by the European Commission. The brochure on the Riga Conclusions on VET was released by the Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and can be downloaded from their website.

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Professional Development for Teachers & Trainers Essential to Future Success of Vocational Education and Training

Vocational education and training teachers and trainers should receive more professional development opportunities according to a new briefing note from CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

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ECDL Foundation Blog

Blog Post: Back to School

For many young people, September means ‘back to school’, whether that is a primary or secondary school, or maybe university or college. But as the summer holiday winds down and shops start stocking school uniforms and promoting their pens, pencils and notepads, take a moment to think about what might be on the curriculum, and how it might be taught. Schools have changed a lot in recent years. Since the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when a handful of microcomputers with blinking command lines first entered the classroom, technology has transformed how we learn and what we learn. Geography can be explored with interactive maps; students can collaborate with their peers on the other side of the world; history can be brought to life with recreations of ancient cities in virtual reality; science experiments that were once the preserve of laboratories can come into the classroom with computer modelling. One school even built a small satellite that was launched into space! Read more

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