Not-for-profits team to offer computers and training to poor nations

Two not-for-profit organisations have agreed to work together to deliver computers and training to even more students in developing countries.

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Two not-for-profit organisations have agreed to work together to deliver computers and training to even more students in developing countries.

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation and Computer Aid International have signed an agreement to bring effective use of computer hardware and software within the reach of some of the poorest communities around the world.

Computer Aid International sends refurbished computers from the UK to more than 100 developing countries for use in village schools, universities and under-developed towns.

ECDL Foundation, through its International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme, provides a structured course for students to quickly and easily learn computing skills such as word processing and spreadsheets, and how to use well known software such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop.

By having access to computers and the skills to use them, thousands of students in deprived communities will be able to gain the ICDL and use it to enter the employment market or create their own micro-business, said the partners.

ICDL and Computer Aid say they will work together to bring opportunities to more students, more quickly and more cost effectively. Computer Aid will supply computers to colleges and training centres, which ECDL Foundation will help to reach the quality standards needed to teach the ICDL programme.

Their new collaboration agreement was signed at the ICDL Africa Forum in Nairobi, which was attended by 120 delegates from across Africa, keen to learn how to bring their communities more computers and training in IT skills.

Daniel Palmer, general manager of ECDL Foundation’s ICDL Africa initiative, said: "This partnership will enable us to bring an integrated package of hardware and skills development to educational institutions operating in challenging circumstances, putting them within reach of many more students in developing countries.”

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