Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have formalized a pivotal partnership, ushering in an online training for the human workforce integral to the upcoming 2024 General Population and Housing Census (RGPH).
In an agreement inked in Rabat on Monday, HCP chief Ahmed Lahlimi and UM6P President Hicham EL Habti unveiled an alliance that not only deepens existing ties but also propels Morocco’s census procedures into the digital landscape.
Under this strategic agreement, UM6P will take the lead in training investigators tasked with gathering household information, as well as controllers and supervisors overseeing the RGPH-2024 operations.
This collaborative effort marks a significant step forward as UM6P, renowned for its prowess in online education, commits to providing HCP with cutting-edge platforms, educational content, and evaluation systems crucial to the selection of qualified individuals responsible for implementing RGPH 2024 in the field.
The agreement underscores the two institutions’ joint commitment to establishing a pioneering model of cooperation between academia and public administration, aiming to set an exemplary precedent during the RGPH 2024.
Crucially, the entire training initiative will be financially underwritten by international organizations, with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
UM6P President, El Habti, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, underscoring the development of a comprehensive platform for field investigator training as a critical aspect of the RGPH 2024 operation.
Leveraging national technology, this platform will harness UM6P’s advancements in distance education, facilitating the training and support of over 200,000 individuals.
Delving into the logistics, El Habti revealed that 70 experts will be mobilized, and a dozen fully equipped studios at UM6P will be utilized for the three-month-long remote training of investigators.
The online training initiative for the now fully digitized human data collection apparatus within RGPH-2024 is scheduled to begin in early 2024 and will take a total of three months to complete.
Lahlimi shed light on the distinctive features of RGPH 2024, citing the introduction of a “dual questionnaire” system.
Underscoring the scale of the census operation, Lahlimi noted that approximately 55,000 enumerators, along with controllers and supervisors, will be actively involved nationwide.
As Morocco embraces a digital frontier in census-taking, this partnership between HCP and UM6P not only represents a transformative shift in data collection methods, but also demonstrates the country’s commitment to innovation at the intersection of academia and public administration.