The ICDL Africa-MYICT (Ministry of Youth and ICT) Pilot Project was carried out in order to prepare certification of the 85,000 employees of central and local government and the general public across Rwanda as stated in the MoU signed between the government of Rwanda and ICDL Africa. This project started in January 2016 and was carried out for a period of 9 months.
In Partnership with ICDL, the Ministry of Youth and ICT took an initiative to train Civil Servants starting with the Security Sector. The training was funded by the government through the National Capacity Building Secretariat. Training was provided by a local ATC with support from ICDL Africa team and was carried out at the respective premises of candidates. The candidates were trained and tested in 4 base modules and 3 intermediate modules as per the MoU.
At the end of the Training and after testing, the Ministry of Youth and ICT organised a graduation ceremony that saw 146 candidates graduate with ICDL certification. Among those who attended the graduation are The Minister of MYICT, Rwanda Defence Forces and Rwanda Correctional services representative, The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, the Director General of Rwanda Management Institute and the ICDL Africa team from Kigali.
The Ministry of Youth and ICDL sent a special thanks to the Rwanda Defence Force for the dedication they had shown during training that saw certification of 146 of their officers.
The Minister of youth and ICT said “We live in a world where no innovation can be initiated without the use of technology. Starting this course with security organs is proof that our liberation struggle has shifted to development. In our quest to develop, we believe security organs should always be a step ahead."
During his speech, The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations said “This training is very crucial especially to security agencies. We are currently living in a world where we must use technology in law enforcement and this is why we are glad to have our officers benefiting from this course.” Other government representatives present at the event expressed interest in certifying their employees in their respective organisations.
This project was a good experience for ICDL Africa and will serve as a strong foundation for future activities of the kind. The project was a success based on feedback from candidates. The feedback further shows that there is need to have more people go through the training. From this Pilot, ICDL will be offered to more civil servants in accordance with the MoU.
The objective of the training was to certify 318 candidates but because of the weight of responsibilities that security officers have, it was a challenge to have a full class at a particular time thus certifying only 146 candidates. The training will resume as soon as the next batch of candidates is available to train. The project was a success as it falls in the Rwandan vision of becoming a knowledge based economy, and in line with the National Digital Talent Policy that was developed with the support of ICDL. The policy is awaiting approval by the cabinet. Please Visit: http://bit.ly/2oUfQ4n to access the National Digital Talent Policy.
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