25 May 2020

Training Centres

EU President Mrs von der Leyen sent the following message at a recent conference in Brussels on March 3-4:

My priority will be to accelerate Europe’s digital skills for both young people and adults, by updating the digital education action plan. We need to re-evaluate education by making use of the Internet’s potential to make educational material available to everyone, for example via the increasing usage of mass e-learning (MOOC). Digital education must be a foundation for everyone.

The current crisis due to the pandemic finds the European Union and especially the Cypriot society as a whole unprepared with insufficient or poor digital knowledge and skills:

  1. Teachers and professors in Primary and Secondary Public Education find it difficult to transfer knowledge via distance learning.
  2. Primary and secondary school students have no experience in distance learning.
  3. The majority of the human resource of higher academic institutions is not prepared to engage in distance learning systems and processes.
  4. The human resource of all levels of the majority of Cypriot companies and self-employed individuals do not have sufficient knowledge and skills to exploit digital technology, including the ability to work and / or communicate electronically from home.
  5. A large part of the human resource in the public sector has significant shortages of digital knowledge and skills, resulting in the reduction of the capabilities of the State Machine and the services it offers to the Cypriot citizen.
  6. The majority of the unemployed have insufficient or poor digital knowledge and skills, which on the one hand reduces their competitiveness and on the other hand makes it difficult for them to find work.
  7. The majority of retirees have poor to non-existent digital knowledge, which deprives them of the opportunity for a better quality of life.
  8. The majority of Cypriot housewives have poor to non-existent digital knowledge, which in turn deprives them of the opportunity to participate in their children’s digital homework / readings and of the opportunity for a better quality of life as well.

In its recommendation, the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2006 has included Digital Skills in the European Framework of Reference for Basic Lifelong Learning as one of the most important basic skills that everyone needs for their personal development and growth, active status as citizens, social inclusion and employment.

Towards this direction, the European Commission has issued guidelines for the establishment of the European Union’s Digital Strategy (COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS, A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe ( COM/2015/0192)).

The result of this directive was the creation of the DIGCOMP framework:

A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe.

It is important at this point to refer to the European Commission’s 2019 Statistics (Digital Economy and Society Index Report 2019), which ranks the Republic of Cyprus among the 7 countries with the lowest score in population’s digital skills and among the 9 countries with the lowest score in workforce digital skills.

In this context, the Mesoyios Business Academy (the Lifelong Learning Foundation of the Mediterranean College) has acquired the exclusive dealership for Cyprus, Asia and Africa of one of the most modern digital skills development systems, recognized by the European Union entitled, ECCC (European Computer Competence Certificate) which is also a founding member of the DigComp framework. ECCC is currently operating in both EU member states and Cyprus from the Mesoyios Business Academy under the brand name ECCC.CY.

ECCC.CY is currently the only Digital Lifelong Learning system in Cyprus that is approved and fully compliant with the European DigComp Framework.

Mesoyios Business Academy’s vision is to contribute to upgrading the average digital knowledge and skills of Cypriot citizens through a network of tutoring partners, vocational training centers, private higher education schools and other educational and training institutions and mobile classes linked to ECCC.CY.

OUR PROPOSAL

For the full, comprehensive and effective implementation of Digital education / training, here is our proposal for collaboration in tuition centers, vocational training centers, private higher education schools and other educational and training institutions that wish to become educational centers of digital education and training through the European Computer Competence Certificate (ECCC) system.

Criteria

The assignment of an educational center is subject to the following criteria, as established by the European Computer Competence Certificate (ECCC):

Minimum requirements / criteria for obtaining an ECCC training center license:

  • Have an accredited computer lab
  • Be able to accommodate at least 5 students online at the same time
  • Have strong internet connectivity with multiple user capabilities
  • Have administrative and grammatical support
  • Have ECCC instructors /trainers with the following minimum qualifications per Level:
  • For Level A – BSc
  • For level B – BSc
  • For level C – BSc
  • For Level D – BSc / MSc

All instructors / trainers should attend the training program for ECCC instructors (ECCC Instructor Training Programs are valid depending on the level and / or unit).

Educational organizations who wish to contract with the European Digital Capacity Framework for DigComp ECCC citizens, please contact us at info@eccc.cy or 25246401.

For more information please visit www.eccc.cy