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Theme Human Development
Code HD-CUL-1.1
Sub-theme Culture
Name Ability to talk in kastom/vernacular language(s)
Definition Percentage of the population who are able to converse in their local language
Calculation/Formula Total number of people able to speak kastom/vernacular language / Total population of that specific cultural group x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) Those who are eligible to be asked the question - usually population 3-5 years of age and over
Assumptions That people are literate in that language
Limitations This question sometimes not included in Census, too broad and not specific to addressing languages that may be in danger of being lost
Intended Direction of change Increase
Purpose/Rationale Measure prevalence of capacity to communicate in kastom/vernacular language
Policy Linkages Community and social well being components of development plans in most countries. Pacific Plan, Objective 11.1 ‘Strategy to maintain and strengthen cultural identity’. SPC Corporate Plan – last section on cross cutting areas which includes culture and ed
Preferred Data Sources Census
Alternative_Data Sources Language use surveys
Census - HIES - DHS tag Census
Primary Data Collection System Survey - National Statistics Office
Frequency of Data Collection 5-10 years
Other agencies countries_ must report to: UNESCO
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
Means of Verification (outside NSO system) Education or Culture officials
SPC Programme HDP
Numerator Total number of people able to speak kastom/vernacular language
Denominator Total population of that specific cultural group
Factor x 100
Unit %