By Daniel Albert Cole and Eric Kallay (Interns)
The Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) and Statistics- S/L on Wednesday 13th January 2021 launched a four-day training session for over 90 participants on the Sierra Leone Education Innovation challenge End Line Survey for both enumerators and supervisors at their A J Momoh Street headquarters in Freetown.
Samuel Ansumana, who happens to be the chairman and director of communications and public relations for Stats S/L welcomed participants and dignitaries. The introduction was followed by individual introductions.
Deputy Statistician-General, Andrew Bob Johnny recalled in his submission that a baseline survey was done a year ago and further commended existing participants for a good job done in collecting data. He further lauded their experiences and implored them to utilize the knowledge attained to collect needed data. He simultaneously solicited participants to be focused during the training as competency-based screening exercises will be conducted on completion of the program to select those who will work as both enumerators and supervisors. He concluded by formally declaring the training session open.
Mariama Mansary Rogers, who is one of DSTI staff in her presentation, said that the survey is to collect data from selected schools spanning from class 1 to 6. She asserted that the purpose of the survey is to gauge the progress made by pupils in over 330 selected schools in the country. She reiterated that DSTI is in partnership with other institutions like Statistics Sierra Leone, World Vision, and Rising Academy to name but a few.
Participants were divided into two groups with the first 50 to train on Wednesday and Thursday the 13th and 14th respectively while the second batch trained on the 15th Friday and 16th Saturday of January 2021.