Digital Connections – From Ireland to the Heart of Africa

Digital Connections – From Ireland to the Heart of Africa

Digital Connections – From Ireland to the Heart of Africa
The connection to Ireland is something that has been very positive for the growth and success of the ICDL programme. ICDL Africa has built strong relationships with Enterprise Ireland (the Irish Government body which support Irish companies abroad), as well as Irish Embassies across Africa. In the last year alone, ICDL Africa has met with Irish missions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. As well as participating in Trade Missions and other events, ICDL Africa staff across the continent have been invited to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in recent years, building connections and enjoying the famous Irish welcome.
The support from the Irish Government has been invaluable to ICDL Africa, gaining access to key stakeholders in the public, private and education sectors in particular. The purpose is to spread awareness of the need for a coordinated approach for a digital skills standard in Africa. As a non-profit social enterprise, ICDL Foundation is committed to increasing the levels of digital literacy around the world, by working in partnership with the public and private sector, providing a certification programme which meets the needs of both employees and employers. Ireland has built a strong reputation worldwide for its success in the area of ICT, both in its economic development and integration into national policy. Today, Ireland is home to many international ICT companies, who have chosen to set up their European headquarters in a country with a well-educated, young workforce, who have the skills needed to adapt in the workplace of today. In addition, Irish missionaries continue to play an important role in the education sector around the world, most especially in Africa.

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