International Computer Driving Licence Programme Shows Positive Results in South Africa


An International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme at the St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls which started two years ago has shown positive results.

The ICDL in South Africa is a non-profit organisation established to promote digital literacy to all and to administer the global quality standard in end user computing.

This is the same programme which has been used to skill prisoners, through the Department of Correctional Services rehabilitation efforts. The Western Cape Education Department has also enrolled about 100 Education Management and Development Centre staff on the programme.

The Department of Communications has also showed an interest in the ICDL qualification by sponsoring 2 000 unemployed candidates to participate in the programme through Further Education and Training Colleges.

Regarding the uptake by learners, over 300 learners at the DSG school in Kloof, West of Durban are involved in the programme which has equipped them with computer skills to face the corporate world. "Since the programme started, the school has received a positive response from pupils and this is showed by last year's 90 percent overall pass rate achieved," said Grade 12 schools' Head of Department and ICDL teacher, Sheryl Gordon.