EASTC Young Statisticians Undergo Training for Rural Energy Agency (REA) Survey

The Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre, in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), organized training sessions for EASTC students as young statisticians at EASTC premises, which began on the 14th of September, 2016. The main purpose of the training sessions is to orient the trainees for the work of data collection. The data collection exercise is part and parcel of a survey, which will be carried out on behalf of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The training programme will take seven days before commencement of the data collection exercise in 26 regions Tanzania Mainland, which is expected to start at the end of September 2016.


The specific objectives of the training are

i) to familiarize the young statisticians with the objectives of the survey at the household and community levels;

ii) to enable them understand research clearly the methods and the ethics that will guide them during the data collection exercise;

iii) to make sure that the trainees, as data collectors, will get reliable data that will help in planning for improving access and distribution of modern energy services in the rural areas.


For that reason, the aim of the survey is to know the current situation in terms of the access and distribution of energy services in rural areas, as well as to identify the achievements that the government has already attained compared to the overall aspiration of ensuring that the rural areas have reliable access to energy.  After the analysis of the survey findings, different strategies will be formulated whose implementation will improve access and distribution of modern energy services for the sustainable development of the country.    


The training will involve 150 EASTC young statisticians and 9 experienced facilitators from NBS, including Principal Statisticians Adella Ndesangia, Fredy Matolla and Joel Weja; Senior System Analyst Arve Severe; Senior Statisticians Philimon Mwenda and William Matee. The programmers of the training are Bakari Omary and Statistician Frank Mapendo.


EASTC Young statisticians listen carefully during the training session