On Tuesday, August 20th, ICDL test center managers from across Africa came together for the first ever ICDL Africa Forum - a particular mention to delegates from Nigeria, Tanzania and Somalia, as well as all the locals from Kenya! The aim of the Forum was to officially launch New ICDL in Africa and to provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the challenges and opportunties New ICDL will create for their respective businesses and organisations.
Special guest for the occassion was Mrs. Margaret Muia, Ag. Deputy Director, Ministry of Devolution and Planning. In her address Mrs. Muia provided very positive feedback on ICDL, as an 'ICDL Alumni' herself and from her role in Government. As well as that, she shared with the audience that all of her family are also ICDL certified.
General Manager for ICDL Africa, Daniel Palmer, gave delegates an insight into ICDL in a global perspective, especially providing some key examples from succesful projects in Europe and Asia.
Programme Operations Manager for ICDL Africa, Séamus McGinley informed the audience of the specifics of New ICDL and what its implementation will mean for both test centres and candidates - in essence a more flexible approach to computer skills certification and a commitment to life long learning.
Finally Etinick Mutinda, ICDL Africa Kenya Representative, gave the audience two comprehensive presentations on the implementation of New ICDL in the Kenyan market.
As ECDL Foundation CEO, Damien O'Sullivan commented in his opening video address, the success of the Kenyan market has rapidly become the shining light for ICDL in Africa.
The Forum concluded with a detailed Question & Answer session where test centre staff provided questions, comments and feedback to ICDL Africa staff - where a wide variety of questions from across various sectors and territories were asked.
With the use of our launch video, available to view on our Youtube channel, New ICDL was officially launched in Africa by Daniel Palmer, General Manager.
As delegates gathered together over lunch there was lively discussion and excitement about New ICDL and the operational changes at ICDL Africa. Primarily, New ICDL gives test centres an innovative way to re-engage with prevous candidates and attract new candidates as they look to further their computer skills to the international standard.
We look forward to many more opportuntites in the future bring together ICDL staff from across Africa - #ICDLAfrica.