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12 hopefuls take global open source certification exams PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Liz Cruz   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 13:45

Quezon City, Philippines -- Twelve hopefuls from state colleges and universities recently took examinations that will test their expertise in Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) platforms and applications.

This was announced by the iSchools Project, which helps put up computer labs in public high schools using non-proprietary platforms and applications.

The Open International Computer Driving License (ICDL) certification examinations was held on October 9, 2010 at the seminar room of CICT-NCC building from 7:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Participants included instructors from Western Philippine University, Aklan State College, Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University and Cavite State University, all of which happen to be partners of the iSchools Project.

However, unlike most ICDL exams conducted, this version tested the examinees’ expertise in using the F/OSS platform.

The 5 exam modules, which were administered using laptops loaded with Ubuntu/ Edubuntu operating systems, covered topics on ICT concepts, computer file management and basic user operations for OpenOffice Writer, Impress, and Calc.

This is in line with the iSchools Project's objective of promoting the use of virtually inexpensive yet highly functional F/OSS platforms.

The ICDL exam will also help provide opportunities and build the ICT capacities of its partner state universities and colleges.

The iSchools Project, through its Training component, coordinated with the Digital Data Corporation (DDC) to conduct this certification exam.

DDC is the exclusive sub-licensee of the ICDL examinations in the Philippines.

Dr. Francisco Sarmiento III, a former Programme Manager for Southeast Asia of the International Open Source Network (IOSN ASEAN + 3), was present to observe the conduct of the exam.

Those passing the exam can become Resource Persons for the Computer and Internet Literacy Course (CILC) training to be undertaken for the various iSchools recipient schools nationwide.

“I have full hope that passers will help schools, especially in the training aspect, because this really jives with the vision of iSchools Project – to build the capacity of teachers so that they are best enabled to teach the youth,” cites Joed Alcid, iSchools Training Lead.

“In building teacher capacities through this effort, it actualizes our vision for ICT integration in education which will benefit our country,” Alcid says. ###

About the iSchools Project

The iSchools Project is one of the flagship initiatives of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

Recognized at the 2009 Philippine Government ICT Awards and the 3rd Government Technology Awards in Bali, Indonesia, the project aims to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in public school education.

With an annual budget of P350 million, it has provided training modules and increased ICT access in public high schools, making it the most comprehensive initiative of its kind in the Philippines.

Now on its 4th year of implementation, the iSchools Project has provided these services to 1,000 public high schools nationwide.###

Should you wish to know more about the iSchools Project, please visit our website at or you may contact us at (+632) 920-0101 local 299.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:05