By Business Reporter
THE Namibia Statistics Agency has commenced a School Educational Programme titled ‘Stats on the Move’ effective February 13 2017.
Alex Shimuafeni, the Statistician General said that the agency has taken on this responsibility to inform the nation on the nature of its craft and the impact that it has had and continues to have on lives and the economy mostly on the concept of evidence based planning.
“Statistics continues to be the most important tool in planning and decision making. We have a crucial role to play in statistics education, not only at the level of decision making but also at the university in high schools and elementary schools. The NSA greatly values the teaching of statistics; not only at the university level but also at the high school and community levels. We believe if we harness the importance of statistics from an early age, it will have a great impact on our planning and decision making for our future leaders,” he said.
The Stats on the Move programme aims to promoting statistics, its importance and ensuring that data is easily accessible to the public with demonstrations on how it can be used in one’s everyday life.
“Businesses use statistics to find customer preferences, check the quality of products, market and make decisions. Economists use statistics to find the relationship between supply and demand, the relationship between imports and exports, the inflation rate, the per capita income, and the national income rate. The government uses statistics internationally and locally to make budgets, set the minimum wage and discover the cost of living. Astronomers use statistics to estimate the distance between objects in space and the timing of interstellar events. These are but some of the everyday scenarios that will be presented when undertaking these visits,” added Shimuafeni.
The programme further aims to educate the youth on the importance of statistics and to educate them about our population density, economic climate of the country and most importantly how statistics apply.
“We will also highlight the different functions of the NSA and illustrations of data collection techniques. With this, we hope to create an understanding on the importance of statistics, and the importance of our statistics office.
“The programme will be rolled countrywide. We can obviously not visit all schools in the country but we hope to cover a large radius to have some sort of an impact,” he concluded.
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