The Ghana Statistical Service has completed training of National Trainers for the 2021 PHC following a nine-day residential training workshop. Following the completion of the training, a competitive merit-based selection process will determine the final list of National Trainers for the 2021 PHC.
The purpose of the national training was to equip prospective trainers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and competencies to train Regional Trainers who in turn will train enumerators and supervisors. The training, which was conducted in eight regions brought together prospective National Trainers from all regions of the country.
The residential workshop which started on 8th April ended on Friday 16th April. The residential training marked the final phase of training for National Trainers following three months of self-learning and 15 days of live virtual training. The purpose of engaging prospective trainers for prolonged periods for the 2021 PHC is to ensure that they develop a firm grasp of the census methodology and enumeration procedures to ensure that quality training is delivered consistently at all levels and at all training centres.
In a statement read on behalf of Management, trainees were urged to use the time after the training to continue to study and master the Field Officer’s Manual, Training Slides, and the Trainer’s Guide that they will be using to train others. They were reminded of their role in ensuring that there is comprehensive complete coverage and quality data when the data collection begins in June.
National Trainers will be responsible for training the Regional Trainers who will directly train the approximately 75,000 Field Officers to be deployed for the census exercise.
The completion of training of National Trainers marks the attainment of another key milestone in preparation for the enumeration phase of the 2021 PHC which is scheduled to start immediately after the Census Night date on Sunday 27th June 2021.
The conduct of the Census is in accordance with Clause 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003).
By: Nana Gyasi | Radio 1 | Ghana