Speech Principal Secretary, State Department For Arid And Semi- Arid Lands, Mr. Micah Pkopus Powon, CBS, During The Official Opening Of The Training Workshop For The Street Families Census Research Assistants

Director General Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS);

Members of the Street Families Census Technical Working Committee;

Officers from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS);

Children Officers from the 47 counties;

Distinguished Research Assistants;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

  1. I am pleased to be here with you today to officiate over the official opening of your training programme. You are gathered here today to undergo a skill-building 5-day training module that aims to enhance your capacity to undertake the assignment before you.
  2. This National Census on Street Families is going to be the first one of its kind in Kenya and the East African region. The Census will make readily available baseline data that will assist the government in formulating policies and strategies to address the plight of street families.

Specifically, the census will be used to:

  1. Collect data on street families to inform policy and programming for street families;
    1. Establish the magnitude and demographic characteristics of the street families  in Kenya;
    2. Assess the socio-economic, political and push & pull factors of street families;
    3. Generate a databank for street families; and
    4. Map out existing services, opportunities and potential challenges for street families.
  2. This training will equip you with skills to enable you collect high quality data, whose analysis, will provide good evidence for decision making. You must remember that you have been engaged to participate in a very important national exercise.
  3. After the training, you are going to collect data on street families across all the 47 Counties in the Country. During the period, you will be expected to gather data that will enable the government understand the push and pull factors that drive children and youth to the streets.
  4. The census results should provide clear explanations on the nature and extent of the Street families’ phenomena.

Ladies and Gentlemen

  1. This exercise will enable the mapping out of hot spot areas where street families reside and the type of work the youth and children are involved in. The mapping will be done with support of the County Government officials and County Commissioners who are well versed with their areas of jurisdiction.
  2. As you go out to undertake this noble exercise, remember you will be the face of the State Department for ASALS out there. Remain focused and diligent at all times; behave responsibly during the exercise keeping in mind that you are on duty. It will be my happiness to hear that you conducted yourselves with utmost decorum that befits our department.  
  3. I call upon each one of you to be attentive during the training. Ask as many questions as possible to gain more understanding and ensure you are well versed with the survey tool and can deal with any eventualities in the field.
  4. Ensure nothing interferes with the quality of your data.  Anything going wrong at the point of data collection level will influence the eventual results in the whole chain of activities.

With these many remarks, I now wish to declare this training officially opened.

May God bless you all.

Thank you