EASTC 50th ANNIVERSARY

The origins of EASTC go back to October, 1963 when the 3rd Conference of the African Statisticians and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) agreed to assist in the establishment of an English-speaking Statistical Training Centre. With this agreement, the East Africa Statistical Training Centre started functioning with effect from 30th August, 1965 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a joint project of the East African Common Services Organisation (EACSO), predecessor of the East African Community (EAC), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

 

In April 1978, the Statistical Training Programme for Africa (STPA), under UNECA, requested the Tanzania Government to run the Centre. It was agreed that the Centre remains REGIONAL and should be expanded to serve more states in Eastern and Southern Africa in addition to the partners of the former EAC

 

In 1994 Tanzania and user countries signed a diplomatic protocol in which obligations and privileges of user countries were specified, and the number of its user countries to be served increased to thirteen, namely; Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This is the time when the Centre’s name was changed to “Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre”, in short EASTC. Five other countries joined later. These include Eritrea, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and South Sudan

 

The Centre’s original purpose was to offer academic qualifications to Government workers in National Statistical Offices who joined civil service direct from schools (secondary and high schools), and as a result gained a vast experience in statistical activities.  Thus, EASTC at that time focused on training at low and intermediate levels, i.e. certificate and diploma.

 

In the early 2000’s many African governments began to employ only graduates on permanent terms; but these graduates were theoretical statisticians. Because of the rising demand for Official Statisticians EASTC started to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Official Statistics from 2012 As for the existing workers in National Statistical Offices who were theoretically-oriented, EASTC initiated the process of developing Postgraduate programmes in Official Statistics, so as to raise their capacity in official statistics.

 

As EASTC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, it is proud of its academic achievements in terms of its sustainable academic programmes at all levels, namely Certificates, Diploma, Bachelor, Master’s (currently being taught) and PhD which is to begin this October, 2015.