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Sharjah Census 2015 goes back to school

Awareness campaign in emirate's schools aims to familiarise students with goals of census

Schools across Sharjah are taking part in an awareness campaign organised by the Sharjah Census 2015 to familiarise students with its role in ensuring the development of the emirate. The campaign features a range of interactive workshops designed to highlight the importance of the census and the way it has been carried out through easy to understand exercises.

Organised by the management committee, the awareness campaign will run until the end of November in both private and public schools, including those in the Eastern and Central Region. The aim is to raise students’ awareness about the importance of the census and its role in achieving sustainable development for the betterment of future generations.

The campaign also aims to provide students with information about the phases of the national census project and how they can participate in it. As part of the campaign each student will receive an introductory booklet, which is age appropriate, containing detailed information about the census and a variety of competitions and interactive activities will run parallel to the campaign.

Jameela Al Humairi, Head of PR and Communications, said, “Through this awareness campaign we hope to familiarize students with the goals and method of application of the Census 2015. We are eager to involve the emirate’s students in the process and have them be fully informed. We have special teams that are specifically trained to deliver our message to students in an uncomplicated manner while explaining that the results will be a positive step for everyone in Sharjah.”

She added, “So far the campaign has proved to be popular and we have had a huge response from school principals and students. This will also help students to play a part in making the work of the census teams a success during the two phases of the data gathering and collating.”

In February, His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, issued Emiri decree No 7 of 2015 on conducting a general census of the population, infrastructure, housing and establishments in Sharjah. The census aims to provide accurate and reliable statistical data on economic, social and demographic sectors and others in the emirate of Sharjah.

The Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development is the only authorised statistical body in the emirate and the source of official statistical data, as well as the body mandated with all community development-related policies and plans. It is a corporate body with full legal capacity to carry out and direct all work and necessary actions to achieve its objectives.