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Improving IT literacy in Iraq

THE ICDL GCC Foundation, governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) program in the Gulf region and Iraq, has signed a memorandum of understanding with SABIS University, Kurdistan as a partner to promote digital awareness and IT literacy in Iraq.

Under the agreement, the foundation will accredit SABIS University and The International School of Choueifat in Erbil as ICDL partners in the delivery of training and testing on ICDL programs. The aim is to spread IT awareness through the introduction and implementation of ICDL into the mainstream teaching system at SABIS University, Kurdistan, as well as actively engaging in activities to promote and further develop IT awareness within all segments of the society.

The ICDL program is supported and initiated in Iraq by UNESCO, Iraq Office. The partnership extends to raise awareness not only within the education system, but also targeting various social groups in the society including; women, retirees, job seekers, people with special needs, and economically disadvantaged individuals, complementing government efforts to promote digital literacy and create a digitally aware society in Iraq.

"This is an imperative move that gives students of SABIS University and the citizens of Kurdistan, Iraq direct access to ICDL certification," said Raed Mahmoud, SABIS Representative in Kurdistan.

"Being an internationally recognised standard, ICDL will certainly enhance the competitive edge of our students and expand their future career prospects. Moreover, we recognise ICDL GCC Foundation's efforts to help people of different cultural, economic and social backgrounds to become proficient with basic IT skills. It is therefore a privilege for us to contribute and be part of this remarkable digital literacy initiative that will bring direct benefit to Kurdistan, Iraq."