As a part of the Observance of Caribbean Statistics Day and World Statistics Day the Statistical Institute of Belize, the national statistical agency of the country, held an open exhibit at the George Price Center in Belmopan along with its partners including the Social Security Board and Ministries of Health, Education, and Natural Resources. The purpose of the exhibit was to build an awareness of the importance of statistics. Diana Castillo-Trejo is the head of the Data dissemination department of the Statistical institute of Belize. She spoke to us at the event.
Diana Castillo-Trejo, Data Dissemination Dep, SIB: A not a lot of people know about the SIB although we have been here for many years and we’re the National Statistical Agency so all official statistics coming out of the country are done by the SIB. So we want to highlight again what we do and we want to take this opportunity to get children interested from a young age in math, which is of course the field that we are in.
Diana Castillo-Trejo, Data Dissemination Dep, SIB: Okay well from the SIB’s part, we are showcasing the range of statistics that we do. So we are looking at population statistics, labor force statistics, economic statistics. As you can see we have a lot of very visual type displays. This is one way that we use to bring statistics to the general public for people who may not necessarily like numbers, but it’s a good way to visually show what these numbers are about and how they relate to the everyday person.