Isles OCGS urge proper use of 2022 census data

ZANZIBAR: ACADEMICIANS including students, researchers and lecturers from universities in Zanzibar have been encouraged to use data collected from the 2022 population and housing census.

“In your various studies, teachings and research, make the best use of the available data. This also helps the government in planning well its development programmes,” said 2022 National Housing and Population Commissar for Tanzania Zanzibar, Ambassador Muhammed Haji Hamza at the workshop on data usage held in Unguja West B District.

The meeting was among a series of training organised by the Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) Zanzibar to distribute and conduct public awareness on proper use the data collected from the 2022 population and housing census.

Mr Hamza explained to the academicians that universities are very important in achieving the objectives of distributing the census results due to using various information when they do research.

He said the census results show various information in the education sector.

“So, if used properly, it will help students who need to conduct studies on educational indicators to identify the progress of education since 1964 and advise the government in planning its development plans for the people”.

Ambassador Hamza emphasised on the need to understand how to store and use the results of the census in various areas and link them to development plans.

The Chairperson of the OCGS Board, Ambassador Ms Amina Salum Ali said that if lecturers and teachers use the census results and information, they have enough teaching material that can help students understand.

She said various countries rely more on using reliable statistics to plan, so the data and information of the 2022 census is helpful in academic requirements, “Make the best use of it.” Under the topic “Economic, social and environmental importance of the indicators resulting from the 2022 Population and Housing Census” Mr Abdulmajid Ramadhan Jecha from OCGS-Zanzibar said that literacy rate has increased from 84.2 percent in 2012 to 90.6 per cent in 2022.

He said more than 77 per cent of people aged 15 years and above from all regions of Zanzibar know how to read and write Kiswahili and English and other languages.

Mr Jecha informed that the urban region has a high level of literacy while northern Pemba region has a low level of literacy, advising university students to conduct research to find out the reason for the high and low level of literacy in the regions.

Presenting the topic on ‘procedure for applying for research permits,’ the Standards Coordination and Research Manager, Ms Hamisa Suleiman Faki explained that students, institutions or visitors who need to conduct various surveys in Zanzibar should ensure they obtain permits from the OCGS before conducting any research.

Contributing to the report on the use of the population and housing census results for 2022, Mr Abdalla Juma from the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) asked the statistician’s office to develop a special system for issuing permits to make it easier for students when they need to do research.

The chairman of students from the universities of Zanzibar, Mr Salim Ali Abasi from Abdulrahmani Al Sumait University gave a word of thanks by praising OCGS and the government for conducting the awareness on 2022 census data and information.

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