5th April 2001 






Pupils at Sir Henry Cooper School in Hull have been rewarded for their competence in information technology as part of a European initiative that focuses on promoting and encouraging computer literacy for all.


Pupils Charlene Atkin (16) and Jade Ali (15) were awarded with their European Computer Driving Licences (ECDL) by Prof Peter Arnold, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Technology at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, last week.


ECDL is an internationally accepted certificate, administered by the British Computer Society, that aims to provide students with knowledge and a set of competencies to use common computer applications that will better equip them for the labour market.


This is the second year that the university has supported the initiative. “This is all part of the university’s work with the local community,” said Prof Arnold. “We aim to further our links with schools to develop interests in higher education.”


Charlene and Jade were amongst five pupils at the school to have achieved the qualification for which they spent each Tuesday studying in the university’s Department of Computing and Communications at Cottingham Road. They were treated as university students and were able to taste at first hand aspects of university life.


“This is a real achievement for these pupils - it certainly requires sustained effort and dedication to be successful,” said Terry Spencer, principal lecturer (acting) at the university.


“Charlene and Jade have developed greater confidence and self-esteem as a result of being involved with the scheme, resulting in a positive impact on their future educational and career aspirations.”


Charlene is now considering work-based training when she leaves school. “Ideally I would like a career in retail management,” she said. Jade wants to go on to university so that she can be a lawyer.

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