|Zimbabweans urged to take part in national census|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 08:15|
ZIMBABWEANS have been urged to put aside their political differences and co-operate in the forthcoming national census set for August 17 and 18.
Addressing participants and guests at the launch of the Census Level One training at the Forest Industries Training Centre last Friday, the Manicaland Provincial Governor, Cde Chris Mushohwe, said: "Census is a national project that should be supported by everyone in Zimbabwe. I want to urge all the political parties to leave their political differences and play a pivotal role in making this census a success."
Cde Mushohwe also said the census comes at a time when the nation was facing economic and social challenges. He pledged to mobilise all available resources to make the project a success.
"ZIMSTAT cannot execute its duties alone without the support of other players such as Government departments and ministries," he said.
The training session currently underway at FITC is the beginning of a series of trainings to be conducted in preparation for the national census data collection set to begin on August 17.
A total of 156 people from all the seven districts in the province are taking part in the training, which will run up to July 17 to ensure professional conduct in the gathering of data so as to acquire the correct population size as well as other demographic, economic and social indicators which foster proper decision-making.
The Government has since mobilised $22 million of the required $37, 2 million to ensure the smooth running of the programme. Censuses are conducted every 10 years to provide the required updated information for policy formulation and decision-making and assists authorities in coming up with relevant developmental projects aimed at providing the livelihoods of people.
Meanwhile, schools will close earlier than scheduled this term to ensure that the national census is held without hindrances.
The Minister of Finance, Mr Tendai Biti, said the rescheduling from the initial August 9 to August 2 had been done to enable teachers who form the bulk of enumerators to prepare adequately.
"Closure of school terms will be on the 2nd of August 2012 and will re-open on the normal time that had been scheduled, September 11," he said.