ICDL Testing Centre Equipment Donated to Schools in Southern Kyrgyzstan
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) transferred laptops and Microsoft Office software to schools in Southern Kyrgyzstan to create International Computer Driving License (ICDL) testing centres in March 2020.
ICDL is an advanced international computer literacy qualification that has been in use for over 15 years. Schools in the Bazar-Korgon, Suzak districts of the Jalalabad province, as well as the Aravan region and the Osh city will now be able to conduct tests for students to obtain ICDL certificates. This was organised as part of the “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project, and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The following schools received ICDL testing equipment:
- M. Alykulov School-gymnasium #11, Soviet village, Bazar-Korgon district
- Yu. Gagarin Secondary school #27, Lenin village, Suzak district
- A. Navoi Secondary school # 3, Aravan district
- J. Bokonbaev School-gymnasium #5, Osh city
- M. Lomonosov School-gymnasium #3, Osh city
- Kerme-Too School-gymnasium #42, Osh city
- XXIV Parts’ezd Secondary school #27, Osh city
- Olimp School-gymnasium, Osh city
Fifty schools in Kyrgyzstan are currently implementing the ICDL programme, and UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education has delivered training on the ICDL programme to nearly 100 Information Technology instructors and specialists from the Republican Institute for Retraining and Capacity Building of Teachers at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic. This programme is being implemented with the support of the University of Central Asia, which is the operator of ICDL in Central Asia.
The promotion of computer literacy among schoolchildren is one of the “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project working areas. The project is aimed at increasing economic employment and civic engagement of young people in the Kyrgyz Republic. It is implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in Kyrgyzstan, the Association of Social Entrepreneurs, International Educational Debate Association in Central Asia, as well as Accelerate Prosperity, an initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network.