Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) will conduct a Population and Housing Census (PHC in June:July 2021. Because of this, series of preparatory activities including
demarcation of the country into several enumeration areas (EAs) and Trial Census activities have been conducted or are ongoing.
WHY IT IS NECESSARY TO CONDUCT THE CENSUS?
1. The Census provides updated statistical data to support national development activities, including Planning budgeting and effective policy.
2. The Census will provide information at the locality district, regional and national levels.
3. The Census information will also be useful for businesses, media, academia, research institutions, and international organizations as the basis for informed decision-making for better economic growth and development outcomes.
DOES THE CENSUS HAVE A LEGAL BACKING?
YES! Clause 34 of the Statistical Service Act 2019 (ACT 1003) mandates GSS to conduct the Census and Clause 54 of the Act, compels everyone in Ghana to provide Information to the Census Officials.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CENSUS NIGHT FOR THE 2021 CENSUS?
The Census Night is the night of 27th/28th June 2021. All persons in Ghana on the Census Night wil be enumerated from 28th June 2021 in reference to where they spend the Census Night. The Census night will be marked by various activities in different communities in Ghana.
KEY CENSUS NIGHT ACTIVITIES
1. Brass Band and Spinning
2. Tolling of Church bells
3. Azan from Mosques
4. Traditional Drumming
5. Cultural and film shows.
6. Lightening of bon fires.
WHO WILL BE COUNTED IN THE CENSUS?
1. All persons in Ghana (Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians) who spend Census Night in households in Ghana.
2. All persons in Ghana (Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians) who spend the Census Night in institutions (eg. Schools, hospitals, colleges, hotels and guesthouses, military barracks, and prisons) in the county.
3. All outdoor sleepers ie homeless, floating and other transient populations eg. long distance travelers) all over the country.
HOW WILL THE PEOPLE BE COUNTED?
1. For about two weeks following the Census Night, Census officials will visit all places of residence in the country to interview the heads of the households or responsible persons (man or woman) in all households and group quarters.
2. When there is no one found at the residence to be interviewed, a call-back card with the contact details of the Census official will be left behind to enable the residents schedule a new date and time to complete the interview.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE PUBLIC?
Cooperate with census officials by providing accurate information about yourself and other household members to enable census officials complete the work on time.
The information to be provided on household members as well as persons who spent the Census Night in your household will include:
i. Household membership status, age and date of birth, sex, ethnicity, nationality, religion, marital status and place of birth
ii. Literacy and education
ii. Economic activity
iv. Difficulties in performing an activity including seeing hearing walking and self-care
v. Ghanaians living abroad
vi. Use of information and communication
vii. Maternal and paternal orphanhood
viii. Children ever and children surviving
ix. Deaths of household Members
x. Ownership of household Assets e.g. TV set, car, radio, and bicycle
xi Housing conditions eg. construction materials of roof, walls, and floor of housing unit
xii. Sanitation facilities eg. type of toilet and means of waste water and refuse disposal.
WILL THE 2021 POPULATION & HOUSING CENSUS COUNT NON GHANAIANS LIVING IN THE COUNTRY?
YES! Non-Ghanaians living in the country will all be counted irrespective of their nationality.
WHAT DOES THIS IMPLY FOR GHANAIANS NOT LIVING IN GHANA?
Ghanaians living outside the country will nat be counted but information on them will be collected from the their relations. However they will be counted if they find themselves in Ghana on or before the Census night.
WHAT IS LISTING OF STRUCTURES AND HOUSEHOLDS IN CENSUS?
Two (2) weeks before the Census Night, the Census officials will identify and write unique numbers on all structures in the country. They will also ask for basic
information about each structure, such as the use of the structure, availability of toilet facility, households in the structure, et cetera.
If your structure or another structure in your area is not marked or listed before the Census Night, please call our hotlines or the Census Office using contacts given below.
PERSONS TO BE ENUMERATED ON CENSUS NIGHT
The enumeration of persons in households and institutions will be done in the two (2) weeks immediately following the Census Night (i.e. from 28th June 2021), with the exception of these specific groups of persons who will be enumerated on the Census Night.
1. Persons who are in transit (long distance traveler will be counted at major transit points such as lorry stations)
2. Persons who sleep in the open in front of stores markets, offices, on pavements, etc.
3. Persons who will spend the Census night in short stay institutions such as hotels and guest houses.
If you are not sure whether your household has been enumerated or counted two weeks after the Census Night, enquire from other members of your household whether a Census official has visited your household.
If unsure, please call our hotlines and give information on the location of the residence so that a census official can take down your particulars.
Remember: when it comes to planning development of our nation, you count, everyone counts. Help Ghana collect accurate information about everyone once, and in the right place, in order to support national development activities and proper distribution of resources.
Together, let’s make the 2021 Population and Housing Census a success.
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