Zimstat starts training Midlands enumerators
Zvishavane (New Ziana) -The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) has started training Level 3 enumerators from the Midlands province in preparation of the 2022 Population and Housing Census to be held from 21 to 30 April this year.
The Level 3 enumerators training is the third and final in a series of training sessions which will see the training of predominantly ward based personnel in the census process.
Zimstat staqrted with the training of Level 1 trainees who are supervisors and master trainers who are cascading the training to Level 2 and Level 3 trainees.
Level 2 trainees are district supervisors while Level 3 trainees are census enumerators.
Besides government workers, the training also includes youths and security personnel who will enumerate in cantonment areas.
In a speech read on his behalf by Zvishavane District Development Coordinator Darlington Chokera, Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Larry Mavima said the immediate task of the Level 3 enumerators was to effectively and accurately count all households and persons across the districts.
“Census is very important to us as a nation, its results inform us in terms of formulation of policies and programmes,” he said.
Mavima said census results were key in the devolution agenda to inform the equitable sharing of resources and revenues as guided by population profiles, poverty profile and infrastructure quality.
“Devolution funds are disbursed to local authorities by a formula which takes into account population as provided by Zimstat.
“Accordingly, our 14 local authorities in the Midlands can only be able to assess their fiscal capacities after knowing the total population in their areas of jurisdiction,” he said.
He said with the devolved structures, each province had a mandate to calculate its own Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per Capita.