A population census training programme was launched in all districts yesterday.
According to authorities, the launch marked a series of training workshops
that will be conducted in preparation for the forthcoming national census.
Rwanda is set for the 2012 population census scheduled to start on Census Day – 15 August 2012.
The two-week training programme is a district level exercise targeting enumerators drawn from all districts in the country.
Primary teachers from various schools form the majority of trainees that will work as enumerators in the impending Population and Housing Census in the
Actual house counting will be conducted and then enumerators will again go door to door counting actual heads or persons in a house.
Speaking to the press at a training workshop at Rusumo High School, where about 600 teachers begun training on how to conduct the census yesterday, Bazil Ntamahoro, the coordinator of National Institute of Statistics stressed the importance of the training.
He said that the trainees would obtain adequate skills and knowledge at the
end of the exercise.
“One of the objectives of the training is to prepare the officials to take up
strategic roles in the districts. We are urging the trainees to prepare to work
as a team in order to achieve a standardized exercise”.
“Census would avail unique data source that provides benchmark
information for effective planning and good governance at all levels,” he
In Kirehe district, Mayor Protais Murayire urged residents to be ready to co-
operate with census officials as they do their job.
“As districts, we are eager to know the population size and its distribution
as well as other demographic, economic and social indicators as these will
assist us in our developmental projects aimed at improving the livelihoods of
our people,” he said.
At least 16,500 enumerators, including one for every village (umudugudu),