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Trainees on statistical literacy will strengthen child friendly planning, decision making and advocacy

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20 participants comprising of government, non-government officials and members of civil society groups.

23 September - More than 20 participants comprising of government, non-government officials and members of civil society groups attended a two-day training in Honiara this week to build capacity in statistical literacy and data use to support planning, decision making and advocacy for the realization of children’s rights.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. The participants got a better understanding of statistical concepts, key indicators to track progress for children, and enhanced their ability to interpret tables, graphs and maps. 

The trainees also learned about the types of child relevant data that are available, how those data are collected, and how they can be used in practical ways. 

In his opening remarks, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs Aseri Yangono, acknowledged the great partnership between the Ministry and UNICEF stating that this training is yet another fruitful outcome of this close working relationship.

Mr. Yangono highlighted that statistical literacy is a major gap in the country that requires attention. “There is a lot of data available to guide and direct planning and decision making and yet because of low levels of data literacy among government officials, civil society and data users we are unable to take full advantage of readily available data”.

Mr. Yangono stated, “This workshop is crucial in bridging this gap and it is expected that all participants will gain knowledge and skills to fully understand and appropriately use the data available to support child relevant planning, decision making and advocacy.”

UNICEF Social Policy Specialist Bjorn Gelders, a workshop facilitator, said that UNICEF is as pleased to support the government of Solomon Islands in building capacity around data literacy. He further said, “Data alone do not change the world, but they make change possible by providing an evidence base for action, investment and accountability. Data are more than just numbers – they represent the reality of life for children, women and men; showing us where we come from and guiding where we need to go next. Data tell stories about how children are born and cared for, how they grow and learn, and how they work, connect with others, and make their way in the world.”

The training emphasized consistent, credible data about children’s situations as that is critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to realizing the rights of every child. The workshop concluded this afternoon with a presentation of certificates to participants.



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