The live virtual training of prospective National Trainers for the 2021 Population and Housing Census started on Monday 1st March. Almost 1,800 Prospective National Trainers from all across the country are being trained in 36 virtual classrooms by Master Trainers. Zonal Field Coordinators are in charge of coordinating the training in their respective zones. The training which commenced with a pre-recorded welcome address from the Government Statistician and Chief Census Officer is scheduled to last until the end of March.
This training is the second phase of the three-phase training strategy adopted for Trainers for the 2021 PHC. This second phase follows a three-month self-learning phase where prospective Trainers were enrolled into virtual classrooms and provided training materials to study at their own pace. The third and final phase to follow the virtual engagement will be the face-to-face training. The training strategy for the 2021 PHC has incorporated virtual training to complement the traditional face to face approach. This hybrid approach to training, which is one of the many digital innovations being adopted by the 2021 PHC, aims to make training more effective by introducing sustained engagements with trainees over a longer period.
National Trainers who are selected after the training will be responsible for training Regional Trainers for the 2021 PHC.