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It all started with a tweet! Those are the words of Rwandan Minister for Youth and ICT (MYICT), Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana whenever he describes how ICDL Africa started its engagement with the market. The Minister replied to a tweet from ICDL Africa in 2013, asking for more information on the ICDL Programme, he understood the importance of setting an international standard in digital skills for Rwandan citizens. That tweet led to a first meeting, which led to ICDL Africa signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MYICT to certify 85,000 public sector employees over the next 5 years. Each candidate will train and test in the 4 base modules, as well as Presentation, Online Collaboration and IT Security.

In the meantime ICDL Foundation made the decision to establish the head office for ICDL Africa in Kigali, Rwanda in 2015. The commitment of the Rwandan Government to digital skills standards, as well as the ease of doing business and its position as the Heart of Africa, made Rwanda a natural choice. ICDL Africa hired 3 local staff to support our network of Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) through the continent. Full operational and technical support is provided directly from Kigali.

At the start of the MoU, ICDL Africa had 3 ATCs operational in Rwanda, so the first step in the process was to build the institutional capacity within the country, by identifying key organisations, in the public and private sector who could become ATCs. Today there are over 40 ATCs throughout the country.

With ICDL Foundation’s commitment to training and well as testing standards, it is important that ATC staff had the skills needed to deliver the ICDL Programme to the highest standard to candidates. Rwanda became the first country in the world to pilot the updated Train the Trainer programme in 2015. To date, over 50 trainers have participated in the programme.

ICDL Africa has become respected voice for digital skills in Rwanda and a key partner of MYICT in its commitment to international standards for all Rwandans.

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For more information on activities in Rwanda, please email

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