ICB Course

The Informatics and Computer Basics (ICB) Course is the Foundation’s core learning path. It was created in 2003, with the objective of helping e-illiterate people become acquainted with computers through a 20-hour course. The course is entirely customizable to the local culture, in order to have the most educational impact.
Additionally, the course is offered to a limited group of recipients, maximum of 20 students, to ensure equal distribution of resources. Currently, the ICB course is available in 7 languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Additional language options can be made available if such a need arises in the future.
Students learn how to overcome their fears and reluctance to use computers, and how to approach the tool independently, during this 20-hour course. These learning objectives are achieved through different classes that teach the students how to use: the Internet as the main source of information and knowledge; the email as a communication method; Microsoft Office as a value-adding skill; and the “social media world,” as a virtual community/ information exchange place.
The ICB course offers two different sets of supporting training materials. One set addresses the students’ needs, while the other addresses the trainers’ needs. The students’ manual is addressed to the course participants, and it explains the key learning objectives of the course. The trainers’ manual guides the teachers on how to present the different course topics efficiently and effectively. The students’ results, which reflect the effectiveness of the 20- hour course through the new learning assimilation, are then analyzed upon the completion of the Program through an assessment. Students, who attend at least 80% of the modules, are rewarded for their work and dedication during the Program with certificates of attendance. Therefore, the course has a lasting impact on the participants’ lives long after the end of the Program, as they can use the proof of the newly acquired skills to secure a new or a better job.