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Counting on children in Census operation

Karthik Madhavan

Many students actively participated in enumeration

PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner of the Government of India had brought out interesting materials for students to create awareness on census operations. —

COIMBATORE: As part of the census operations, the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of the Government of India counted on students. The officer's idea was to create awareness among the students so that their family and those in the neighbourhood were included in the massive decennial exercise.

The ‘Census in Schools' is an initiative to sensitise the school students across the country to the population enumeration in Census 2011. “The purpose of this programme is to make all children aware that the Census is taking place and that they have a role in ensuring that the data of their family is recorded correctly. Another purpose is to expose them to the significance of the Census data in the development of the country in taking informed decisions,” says a message on his website.

The programme covered anywhere between 60 and 80 schools in each of the 640 districts in the country and was specifically designed for the participation of the school students, particularly those from Standards VI, VII and VIII.

P.G. Stalin, officer, Directorate of Census Operations, Tamil Nadu, said the Tamil Nadu office sent a kit containing pamphlets, map, flash cards containing questions and answers, instruction materials, etc. to around 60 schools in the State.

Using the kits, the schools were asked to take up various programmes to create awareness among the students.

The Directorate asked the schools to conduct the events in a week and termed in ‘Census Week' celebrations, said N. Ravichandran, Joint Director.

The National Model Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, conducted a ‘role play' programme for students of Standards VI and VII, said Chitra Chandran, a teacher.

“After the teachers explained about census, the way it is conducted and its importance, a few students acted as enumerators and others as members of the public. The student-enumerators posed questions, collected the data and analysed the results.”

The school in July 2010 conducted a similar programme during the World Population Day celebrations, she added.

In addition to giving away the kits, the Registrar General's office has also displayed a social studies chapter on Census of India-2011 for Standard VIII students, a mathematics chapter on Census of India-2011 for Standard VII students and a similar one for Standard VI students.

The social studies chapter has the following topics: Why is census necessary?, How the census is carried out, Census publications and how they can be used?, Analysing census data and at the end has an exercise with five questions for the students to answer.

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