Over 170 people gathered in Johannesburg on October 4th ICDL’ in South Africa. In total 25 delegates travelled from outside Africa, representing Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Daniel Palmer, General Manager ICDL Africa gave the keynote address, updating delegates on the success of ICDL globally and the introduction of New ICDL. Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO, ICDL South Africa presented on the opportunities for the future with New ICDL.
Following this, attendees were divided into breakout groups according to the sector they operated in (e.g schools / commercial training organisations), sharing experiences and identifying challenges. Faye Macheke, ICDL Development Director then gave a presentation on experiences of implementing ICDL, this was following by Charlton Philiso who spoke about the involvement of ICDL in the Ministry of ICT and the Skills Education Training Authorities. Feedback from centres in attendance was very positive, delegates were excited about ‘New ICDL’ and the flexibility it offered as well as the potential lower cost, given each candidate’s ability to pick and choose the modules most relevant to them.
Jennifer van Niekerk summed up the thoughts of the ICDL South Africa team following the success of the Forum - ‘It was fantastic to see such a great turn out of ICDL Accredited Test Centres and Accredited Testers at the Forum. Reconnecting with people who have been with ICDL for many years and meeting new, excited and passionate centres was so inspiring! The positive input from so many participants shows how passionately committed our centres are to creating a digital literate South Africa.’
Faye Macheke - ‘The Forum reminded me of the ICDL mission and what to me it represented, it was about partnerships and relationships. It was about really bridging not only the digital divide but the social and economic divide’