ICDL stands for International Computer Driving Licence.
It is an internationally recognised certificate that certifies practical skills in the most commonly used computer applications. Currently, the certification has 14 modules and five certificates on offer which meet current demands regarding digital knowledge and skills.
The certification is owned and run by the European Computer Driving License Foundation (ECDL) headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. In Zimbabwe, ICDL was adopted in 1999 and it is administered by The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) under license from the ECDL Foundation.
What Is The ICDL Foundation?
It is the regulatory body for the ICDL Certification, recognised throughout the world as ‘The Digital Skills Standard’.
The Foundation is a Global Social Enterprise dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the Workforce, Education and Society. It believes that access to technology and developing digital skills dramatically improves lives and that no one should be left behind in this era of digital transformation.
Why Should A Student In School Study ICDL?
ICDL enhances the CV of students in training. The job market today is very competitive and job seekers will need to find ways to make their CVs stand out. Having this certificate will surely help these students when they want to join the workforce.
At many secondary schools, the ICDL programme is already an integral part of the curriculum where it has established itself as a successful elective course. Due to its modular structure, the programme also allows for a versatile application in further education.
By offering ICDL modules, schools and centres of further education improve their students’ prospects and strengthen and widen the scope of their education programmes.
For companies and organisations, ICDL certificates ensure that their employees have the concrete skills to use the most widely employed Office programmes, operating systems and Internet applications. The online tests can also serve as a tool to objectively assess skills e.g. in the recruitment process.
The world has gone digital and most if not all organisations now use computers in their operations. Thus equipping students with these critical computer skills will help them settle into their jobs. As an added advantage, students should also study digital marketing whilst in school or college.
Schools Offering ICDL Certification In Zimbabwe
The following schools offer ICDL certification in Zimbabwe. Click on the school to get contact details.
St Annes High
St Dominics Secondary School
St Georges College
ST Johns Emerald Hill
Girls College, Bulawayo