Myanmar Census Media Campaign Event


Around 7,200 district trainers from across Myanmar completed a five-day training course jointly prepared by UNFPA and the Ministry of Immigration and Population on 11 March 2014 in stepped up nation-wide preparations for the country's first census in over thirty years.




The national census bus tour has hit the road to rally participation for Myanmar census. Myanmar's famous comedian and official Census Ambassador U Zarganar embarked, with a team of performing artists on the 2nd March 2014 from Nay Pyi Taw.

The national census bus tour will travel to 118 townships in Upper and Lower Myanmar, covering major cities as well as rural townships. The objective of the bus tour is to inform the general populations about the importance of the census and to encourage strong participation. The last time Myanmar conducted a census was in 1983.

One hundred and sixty participants from the Karen National Union, also referred to as the KNU, attended five days of enumerators and supervisors census training carried out by UNFPA and Myanmar's Ministry of Population, from 17 to 21 March (2014) held in Mon State exactly one week prior to Myanmar's first census in over thirty years.




Approximately 120,000 primary school teachers and supervisors from across Myanmar undertook five days of training devised by UNFPA and the Ministry of Population from 17 to 21 March (2014) as part of the final preparations before Myanmar starts its first census in over three decades.




With the upcoming census starting from 30th March 2014 until 10th April, it is imperative that the public are informed about the importance of the census in an easily understandable way. The animation takes the viewers on a visually stimulating journey and explains the various steps during the census enumeration process.




The winning song of the census competition held by the Department of Population (DOP) is an upbeat song which highlights the enumeration process and importance of the upcoming census. Myanmar is undertaking its first census in over 30 years. The census will take place from the 30th March- 10th April 2014.




Daw Thein Thay is one of the 120,000 people trained as a census enumerator to carry out Myanmar’s first census since 1983. The 132 households in her enumeration area were of Karen or Bamar ethnicity. Other ethnic groups in Mon State include Mon and Pa-O.




Listening to the catchy tunes of the remake of the Unity song, also known as the census song, it aims to raise awareness of bringing together diverse groups within Myanmar and the importance of the population count. The song is performed by a group of famous vocalists and traditional Myanmar dancers.




Eight year old disabled Lalremurata attends a regular school, as there is no special needs school in his neighbourhood. The school has built for him a special table and chair so that he can learn to write using his feet. He requires special medical attention and care that his parents cannot afford. The family survives on less than $2 a day.