ICDL the world's leading computer skills certification has identified the necessary ICT skills that ascertain that someone is competent to use a computer e.g. Computer Essentials, Online Essential, Word Processing, SpreadSheets etc. ICDL has many Accredited Training Centers (ATC’s) worldwide and in Uganda, the College of Computing and IS (Makerere University) is one of the recognized ATC’s.
Recently ICDL Africa sponsored 3 trainers from the College to undergo an ICDL Training the trainer workshop. The ICDL instructors were trained in a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing, IT Security etc. A one day workshop was then organized and held on the 27th January 2017, the objective was to follow up on the just held Train the trainer workshop and also discuss;
- ICDL Training (A Trainers Perspectives and Experiences).
- ICDL in the Region and the Rest of the World: Principles, Practices and Lesson.
- The Future of ICDL in Uganda.
- Recommendations on the Adoption of ICDL as a Basic Tool for ICT Literacy in Uganda.
During the workshop presentations were made by Ms. Grace Lubega and Mr. Christopher Kaddu who are certified ICDL instructors at the Collège. They shared with the participants their ICDL experiences and best practices as trainers of ICDL. Mr. Michael Niyitegeka (ICDL, Uganda Country Manager) also participated in the workshop by updating the participants on the current trends that ICDL is embracing e.g. Digital Citizen and Digital Citizen Plus that have been specifically designed for people lacking basic ICT skills.
In conclusion, the general consensus by all participants in the workshop was that they would endeavor to increase the awareness and importance of digital literacy in Uganda and emulate the efforts being undertaken by ICDL in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.