Schools in the German state of Baden-Würtemberg will be able to continue to access ICDL thanks to an extension of the agreement between the state’s Ministry of Education and DLGI, the ICDL operator in the country.
The framework agreement regarding the participation of school pupils in ICDL for the next three years was signed by Sandra Boser, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, and Thomas Michel, Director of DLGI.
Since 2008, when the first framework agreement was signed, almost 63,000 ICDL tests have taken place in the state. Additionally, ICDL is accessible to people with disabilities, with barrier-free tests available to people with visual or hearing impairments; mental or mobility issues and learning difficulties. Over 6,500 candidates have benefited from this accessibility.
The State Secretary said, “The computer driving license not only helps to acquire digital skills, it has been a successful self-runner since the first framework agreement with our partner DLGI. I am pleased that we have extended our agreement in order to continue this good cooperation in the interests of the students.
“Thanks to the ICDL computer driving license, many young people have already been able to acquire important basic computer skills that have helped them at school and then in their professional lives.
“And in our increasingly digitized world, digital skills are becoming more and more important. The importance of offers like the ICDL is and will be all the greater. I think it’s particularly great that people with disabilities can also benefit from it. That not only helps them, but is good for equal opportunities and participation overall.”
Thomas Michel, of DLGI, added, “We, too, are delighted to be able to work with the Ministry of Education, which we value as an important and cosmopolitan location for education and technology in the south-west. We look forward to continuing our very successful collaboration.”