ICDL Africa was part of the Senior Management Meeting at the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in Rwanda. This was to follow up with a report of the assessment results for the SACCO Managers and Accountants. The Minister chaired the meeting, also present, was the Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Information Society Authority.
The assessment had a participation of 1035 employees. 871 among them, or 84% of the participants scored between 0 and 20%, 157 (15%) scored between 21% and 50%, only 7 employees or less than 1% scored above 50%, with only one participant scoring the ICDL pass-mark of 75%.
Although the ICDL presentation focused on SACCO employees, the recommendations provided to the Ministry included results from the assessments done by employees of the Ministry of ICT and Innovation itself and the Ministry of Public Service and Labour. The results obtained by both ministries also showed a clear gap in digital skills.
From the Meeting, the minister suggested that ICDL stops the exercise of assessing and focus on the training for all civil servants and the general population. The minister nominated a team to work on how ICDL can roll out the training. The team is to report back to the minister in two weeks' time. It is expected that the first group of civil servants starts with the new financial year which starts in July 2019.
During the meeting, the minister suggested the following to be addressed in the proposal:
1. To design a way all civil servants can be trained in the most cost-effective way within a shortest time possible.
2. To come up with a best approach on how the Ministry of Labour can adopt ICDL as prerequisite for any new job entrant.
3. To find out how the ministry of Education in Rwanda can adopt ICDL in the university curriculum.
4. ICDL to come up with a post trading evaluation to measure the impact of the training.
The meeting was very promising and if all goes well, ICDL will be adopted as a digital skills standard across the country.