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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
ICDL @ICDL_GCC holds its 12th computer summer camp centering on social media and cyber safety awareness
Annual event showcases private-public
partnership in raising cyber vigilance among GCC teens
ICDL GCC Foundation,
an organisation that advocates digital skills and Internet safety across the
Gulf region, announced that its 12th ICDL Summer Camp programme will commence
from June 30 to July 25. The annual event reflects a major and long-standing
partnership between ICDL, government organisations, educational institutions
and corporate citizens, all of which are buoyed by a common goal to promote
digital and safety awareness among young people in the GCC.
Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL GCC, said
since the ICDL Summer Camp programme was launched in 2001, more than 50,000
regional youth have received the ICDL certification, motivating them to be more
resourceful, committed and independent learners.
“The summer camp forms a major part of the
foundation’s mission to raise digital awareness and increase technological
adoption rate in order to encourage today’s youth to broaden their computer
competency. The event also promotes new social skills through interaction with
like-minded youth. Not only will participants gain new skills and have fun this
summer, they will also obtain an international certification that is recognized
for credit hours by many academic institutions worldwide,” Ezzo said.
Like in the past, this year’s summer camp will be
supported by organisation from the public and private sectors, and this year
ICDL is expecting record participation due to the introduction of new
intriguing topics to kids in social media and IT security.
The content of the training will empower
participants to acquire essential computer skills and be able to responsibly
use the various social media websites. They will also be treated to a series of
edutainment activities and exclusive gifts from event sponsors. Meals and
transportation during the 4 weeks activity will also be provided.
The initiative, according to Ezzo, has been
crucial especially in the GCC where Internet and mobile phone penetration
levels, as well as mobile device ownership, are extremely high. Independent
research company Portio, which focuses on studies about the mobile and wireless
industry, predicted that the Middle East and Africa will outperform Europe as
the second largest region for mobile subscribers by 2016.
“Social media and mobile devices such as
smartphones and tablets have become an essential part of the GCC population’s
daily life. They are used not only by adults and professionals, but also by
students in their teens as well, which makes cyber safety and digital literacy skills
all the more important in this part of the world,” Ezzo added.
Endorsed by educational authorities and supported
by a growing number of industry leaders from the IT, media, leisure and various
other sectors, the ICDL Summer Camp will be delivered through a regional
coordinated effort between ICDL GCC Foundation and renowned academic
institutions including: University of Sharjah, Kuwait University and Sultan
Qaboos University,. Additional training providers will be assigned by the Abu
Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) including branches of HCT (Higher Colleges of
Technology), Abu Dhabi University and UAE University in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and
the Western region. A number of privately owned accredited ICDL training
centres across the region will also be running the initiative throughout the
Among ICDL’s industry partners this year include
Coca-Cola, Canon, Brothers International, Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, Atlantis,
Nokia, Seawings, Dreamland Aqua Park, Dubai Dolphinarium, Yas Waterworld Abu
Dhabi, HSBC, ITP Publishing, Sharaf DG andUPP printing.
For details regarding the ICDL Summer Camp,
please log on to www.icdlgcc.org or contact +971 4 4540420.