Ghana’s Census which is conducted every 10 years has started the night Census for 2021 at June 27
All is set for this year’s Census night, started on Sunday June 27, 2021. The Census Night is the reference date for census enumeration and all questions asked during enumeration will relate to that Night.
During every night all persons who spend the census night in Ghana will be counted.
This includes everyone who spent the night inside household, people who spent the night at hotels, people in transit and all outdoor sleepers.
This is because everyone in Ghana during the time of the Census would be counted and it a perfect way to get the right figures
The Census night exercise will continue from June 28 and end on July 11, 2021, which make it possible for everyone to be counted.
The listing of structures to herald the main exercise began on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The 2021 PHC will provide important information to support evidence-based implementation of the national development agenda and support the tracking of achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
During every night in the selected date, a census official (enumerator) will visit each household and administer a questionnaire (school, hotels, churchs, collect some information) from the head of household or any other adult in the household.
Every enumerator will present their ID card on arrival and you also have the right to ask for. The interview to collect information must be conducted in the language that the respondent (household member) can understand.
During this exercise, It is important that everyone takes note of the Census Night and where you spent that night to answer the questions accurately.
This can make the work more simple, all household heads should also make note of all the persons that slept in their household on the Census Night, both usual members of the household and any visitors.
Enumerators will visit all households or institutions and collect detailed information on the persons that slept there on Census Night.
It is important that all household heads are able to answer these questions on behalf of others in their absence.
There are official question enumerators will be asking. And if you find any question unprofessional, it is better you don’t answer.
QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED DURING ENUMERATION
The information to be collected covers the following:
1. Travel history of household members who have migrated abroad
2. Socio-demographic characteristics (age, sex, education, ethnicity, religion etc.)
3. Literacy and education
4. Economic activity (employment status, job description, occupation, industry)
5. Difficulties in performing daily living activities (seeing, hearing, walking etc.)
6. Ownership and usage of ICT devices
7. Children born to women 12 years or over
8. Deaths of household members within the past 12 months
9. Housing conditions (construction materials of structure; water supply; asset ownership)
10. Sanitation (disposal of solid and liquid waste)
11. Source of water, lighting and cooking fuel.
We all have to take note and be part of this exercise.