The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation, the global accreditation body for the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), recently issued its 9-millionth log book.
A log book is the first step in obtaining the internationally-recognised ICDL certification. It denotes the candidate's registration and is used to record progress through the seven modules that make up the programme.
"9-million candidates registering with the ICDL certification programme highlights the importance of digital literacy for employability and sustainable economic growth", says Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO of the ICDL in South Africa.
"This achievement also indicates that the public's awareness of the importance of ICT certification has increased over the past few years," she adds.
"In this difficult economic climate many workers will need to be re-trained and the digital competences they can gain will help them find new opportunities for a better life.
"We call on government to increase and accelerate investments in training and education to ensure South Africa emerges as a more dynamic and competitive economy when the economic recession finally eases.
"For the past 10 years ICDL South Africa has worked to raise the level of ICT skills in society, to increase users' confidence in computer usage and to enable access to the information society for all citizens," Van Niekerk adds.
The ICDL certification is available in 146 countries globally and has been translated into 38 languages. It is internationally recognised as the global standard in end-user computer skills and has been adopted by the international business community, international organisations and governments.