The National Statistics Office (NSO) kicks off its first set of its series of training program on Monday to equipped training of trainers for the Solomon Islands Demographic Health Survey
Fifteen NSO staff who are engaged by the SI second demography health survey attended the “training of trainers” workshop starting as of Monday 12 of January 2015.
In his opening remarks at the Red Manson conference room where the training is being conducted, Government statistician Douglas Kimi said the “training of trainers” workshop is to help staff tailor the skills that is needed to accomplish the outcome of the second Demography Health Survey by ways of training the field workers to collect data that we are looking for to help our policy makers, doors and program managers with.
“We need to take ownership of this survey as citizens of this country this will help shape the objective of the survey so we can see the bigger picture through the outcomes.”
The Director for the for the Demography Health Survey project Irene Kalauma said the purpose of the training of trainer is for the NSO staff to master the DHS questionnaires, identify the best position and standard language to train field workers.
Adding to that the third speaker and National Statistics advisor Willie Lahari told the DHS NSO staff that they are the resources person for the DHS survey.
“Theoretically those who attend the next three weeks of training will master the DHS and ready to transfer the knowledge to field interviewers.
“This training is one and only that is conducted practically and this is one of the milestones of this DHS project.
Lead trainer from SPC Statistics division Ms Kaobari Matikarai shared the same sentiments saying in other pacific countries, SPC never have conduct such training.
“This country is very lucky to have this training and you are one of them.”
The lead trainer is from the SPC statistics division based in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The DHS TOT will go on for the next three weeks, after which, field workers will have their turn to be trained, ready for actual field survey in April according to the work plan.
– By SIDHS Communication and Advocacy Dpt.