This paper is from Session 5A: Official Statistics for Education - Consolidated efforts of Japanese National Statistic Institutes
which comes under Topic 5: Statistics education in the workplace, government and across disciplines
Paper 5A2 (Friday 13th, 14:00-15:30)
Official Statistics for Education - Advocating statistics education for official statistics as public goods
- Ryosuke Kurematsu (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan)
Bearing in mind that official statistics are public goods, it is important to raise awareness about such data. In particular, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications put emphasis on statistics education to enlighten children for a better statistical survey environment for the future. One of the significant examples is the Statistics Poster Competition which has been conducted annually for over sixty years. It attracts more than twenty thousand applications from many pupils, students nationwide, and the best works are awarded by Ministers at the National Statistics Convention. In recent years, the MIC has published practical textbooks which were compiled in collaboration with educators. To effectively utilize the textbooks, seminars for statistics instructors are organized where knowhow and experience are exchanged between teachers and official statisticians.