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Cayman Islands Government

More Than Mere Numbers

It's About Education!

There's much more to Census 2010 than just counting how many people live in the Cayman Islands.

Some sections of the questionnaire are dedicated to disability and illness, to school attendance and to employment.

But diversity apart, statistical data from each section is designed to help officials determine, for example, how many special education teachers are needed in our schools, or forecast the number of students likely to live in each district over the next five to ten years.

Figures like the national unemployment rate, as well as the percentage of residents employed in each industry will also be calculated.

Such critical data will help government policy makers better plan, develop and implement initiatives aimed at ensuring that residents receive the services they need.

Consequently, Minister of Education, Training and Employment, the Hon. Rolston Anglin JP, heartily endorses the 2010 Census exercise.

"With information comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes power. But in this instance we are referring to the power to change, grow and develop for the better," he emphasised.

"Data gathered from this census will strengthen our path, supplying us with vital details regarding the education and employment of our people.

"It will give us the power to make truly informed decisions on the best legislative and policy reforms necessary for developing our human capital."

Supporting his position, Ministry Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues noted that we must first know where we're coming from and where we currently are, before we can aspire to move forward.

She said the information gathered would raise the ministry's awareness of community needs and allow for the provision of better education and services.

Capping the education system's Census 2010 endorsement, Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler added, "A good educational system relies on high-quality information. The more we collectively know about our students and our country, the better we can meet future needs."

The census exercise began on Sunday, 10 October and ends Tuesday, 30 November. Everyone, including children for whom a census activity book has been especially designed, will have an opportunity to participate.

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan