Riyadh - The National Information Center (NIC) at the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and ICDL Saudi Arabia, the governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), have signed an agreement that accredits NIC as an ICDL training and testing center.
Under the terms of the agreement signed by both parties, all employees of the Ministry and other government sectors will be taught essential concepts of computer and practical use of common desktop applications using ICDL courseware.
The move, according to "Al-Nadwah" newspaper, aims to boost the performance of the government employees, by providing their staff with basic IT skills, which also complements nationwide efforts to establish a knowledge-based society. Under the agreement, at least 200 employees are expected to graduate from the new ICDL-accredited facility after its first year of operation.
The International Computer Driving License is an integrated global computer literacy initiative that teaches individuals and institutions fundamental IT skills. Its training and testing program is recognized and endorsed by education ministries, universities and government organizations in over 168 countries and is available in more than 140 languages. ICDL Saudi Arabia is a member of the broader ICDL GCC Foundation, one of the top three performers of the global ICDL program.