Deutsche Bank supports ICDL’s training program for orphan children in Qatar.

In partnership with Qatar Charity, 25 orphans will be taught basic computing skills
UAE, 16 February, 2015 Deutsche Bank and ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certificate program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, have joined forces to provide 25 underprivileged and orphan children from Doha with the much needed and highly valuable digital skills.

The young beneficiaries will undergo comprehensive training in Doha’s Hi Tech Training Center and receive the ICDL certificate for Base Profile upon completion of the module. The candidates registered on December 28, 2014 and the 4-week training program will commence in February 2015.

ICDL’s training program will teach the children the fundamentals of computing, such as explaining the components of a computer and the basics of operating system to enable them to interact in the technology-reliant world. The Base Profile consists of four modules – Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets. The learning sessions will be conducted in a fun, safe and nurturing environment to make the experience more appealing and memorable, with gifts to be distributed to the participants. 
Deutsche Bank, who has been recognized for its various impactful Corporate Social Responsibility programs, will sponsor the training program for 25 boys and girls as ICDL Arabia’s partner. The collaboration also reflects the bank’s belief in the youth’s digital literacy and the urgent need to empower to use technology to gain a respectful position in the society.
Salah Jaidah, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank AG in Qatar, stated: “It is with great pleasure that we partner with ICDL and support their training program for the less fortunate children in the State of Qatar. The program will provide these special kids with the necessary skills of the modern technology and it will enlighten their pass towards their future. At Deutsche Bank we are committed to bring our unparalleled global Corporate Responsibility engagement to the communities where we live and operate.”
Qatar Charity, one of the foundations in Qatar concerned with humanitarian work for relief and social developments, both locally and internationally, will be providing the kids group to enrol in IDCL’s training program.
Hind AL-Rayyashi, Program Specialist for orphan activities at the executive management of local development, Qatar Charity, said. “We would like to thank Deutsche Bank and ICDL Arabia for this excellent initiative for the orphans sponsored by Qatar Charity. We encourage community and international partnerships, where we seek to achieve the best for the orphans and their families in Qatar or abroad. We also seek to strengthen our ties with local, Arab and international bodies through programs, activities and several different services from different areas—aiming to build a generation that distinctly adheres to the customs and traditions of Islam and Arab culture, which in turn represents a significant step towards the achievement of the vision and mission of Qatar 2030.”
“On Behalf of the children, we are grateful for Deutsche Bank’s full support to this initiative and to our commitment making digital skills accessible to all youth regardless of their status in life. We aim to reinforce the digital proficiency, especially of young people because of our firm belief that safe proficient for computers are highly vital in today’s information age. Both Qatar Charity and ICDL Arabia extend their gratitude to Deutsche Bank for their contribution. We are looking forward to establishing more collaboration with prestigious organizations such as Deutsche Bank for us to continuously attain our goals,” concluded Jamil Ezzo, Director General, ICDL Arabia.   

GCC countries dominate top 5 Arab States recording in ICT development Index

Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, KSA, Oman rank in top 60 globally
UAE, December 24,  2014– ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certification program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has expanded on the recent findings of the 2014 report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations’ specialized agency for ICT,

pointing out the outstanding performance of the GCC countries in the report. The ITU’s flagship annual report ‘Measuring the Information Society Report’ has identified Gulf countries among the group of ‘most dynamic countries,’ having recorded above-average improvements in their ICT Development Index (IDI) rank over the past 12 months.

According to the UN report, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman are the top five among Arab States and within the top 60 globally in the IDI, a composite measure that ranks 166 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills. In the Arab States, Bahrain ranked number one with an IDI of 7.40 while the UAE jumped 14 places to earn second rank with an IDI of 7.03. Qatar was third with 7.01, followed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in fourth and Oman in fifth position with IDIs of 6.36 and 6.10, respectively.
Jamil Ezzo, Director General, ICDL Arabia, said: “These are exciting times for the ICT sector as the world is shifting towards a smarter society characterized by the integration of fresher technologies, the adoption of new standards and legislations on digital advancement, and the emergence of products and solutions for mobility, business and the likes. The recent UN study demonstrates the GCC countries leading role in the technology shift, with five GCC states joining the world’s top 60 countries in ÍCT development. The UAE in particular has made a significant improvement, jumping 14 positions to its current global ranking of 32.”
The IDI top 30 rankings include Australia, Bahrain (rank 27), Canada, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Singapore, and the USA. Denmark was ranked first, followed by the Republic of Korea which ranked second. The UAE, Qatar, KSA and Oman are at 32, 34, 47, and 52, respectively. Almost all countries surveyed improved their IDI rankings, with the CIS and Arab States demonstrating the highest improvements in regional IDI averages.
The report further highlighted that Internet usage continued to grow steadily at 6.6 per cent globally in 2014. The number of Internet users in developing countries has doubled in the last five years (2009-2014), with two thirds of all people online now living in the developing countries the end of 2014, almost 44 per cent of households globally will have Internet access at home, up from 40 per cent last year and 30 per cent in 2010. In developed countries, , 78 per cent of households now have home Internet access, compared to 31 per cent in developing countries, with just 5 per cent in the 48 UN Least Developed Countries.