Countries and states counting the number of people living within it is a practice that goes back to millennia.
One of the most popular stories every told – the birth of Christ – was set in Census.
The idea behind it is to help with planning various developmental projects.
Assume that you are responsible for providing food to the people living in your home but you do not know or have an educated guess of exactly how many people are living in your house, how then do you procure food for them. You couldn’t tell or even estimate the amount of food you need to buy to feed everyone.
The census is like that but on a much larger scale and it isn’t just about counting people, they are counting houses as well.
Here are a few things you need to note:
The counting of houses and buildings begun on Sunday 13th June, 2021, and it will end on 20th June, 2021.
This will be mostly characterised by writing on the walls of most structures mostly known as Structure Numbers (2021PHC/000/0000 – eg. 2021PHC/075/0004).
The purpose of this exercise is to aid in the counting of the number of structures within an Enumeration Area (mostly divided according to localities) and also to aid the Enumerator in identifying HOUSEHOLDS for Enumeration.
- The Address of the Structure:
- Name of Owner
- House Number
- Street Name
- Popular Name of House
- Ghana Post Address of the structure and what the structure is used for.
- The availability of a toilet facility, number of toilet rooms and the type of toilet facility.
The name of the household head, gender and contact details will be taken, including the actual number of people living in the structure.
The above is for the housing census. After 27th June which is known as the census night, the actual counting of Ghanaians will begin.
The Census Night is the reference date and all questions asked during enumeration will relate to that night. As a result, where you sleep on the night of June 27th is very important in getting you counted.
Though the enumerators will come to your homes again after 27th June, one of the key questions will pertain to how many people were in your house on the night of June 27.
This is the 6th time Ghana is conducting a census since gaining independence 64 years ago.
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