International Year of Statistics 2013 has been recognised by the Caribbean Centre for Money & Finance (CCMF) who showed their support by registering to be among the many institutions recognising this celebration. In addition, an article written by Julia Jhinkoo entitled 'Caribbean Statistic- How Developed Are We?' in Volume 6 of their Newsletter published on May 06 2013, highlighted the world's growing interest in statistics as well as noted the the Regional Statistics Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat's efforts in celebrating Statistics2013.
There has been a recent surge in interest in ―statistics‖ in recent times. The first International Day of Statistics was celebrated by the UN on 20 October 2010. This was done to highlight the need for individuals to be aware of the need for statistics and statisticians. The amount of data being produced by countries and organizations has instigated the need to show others the impact that statistics is having on society, including all branches of science, industry, public health and public policy. It is not surprising then that the year 2013 is being marked as the International Year of Statistics.
R. Wassertein1 (2013) cites five reasons for the surge in interest in statistics:
1. The advent of “Big Data” and the resulting demand for employees with analytical and quantitative skills by government and private employers.
2. Increased interest in undergraduate and graduate statistics programme in the US and abroad
3. The rise in stardom of FiveThirtyEight.com blogger and statistician Nate Silver
4. The growth of sports analytics that was captured in the2011 movie Moneyball
5. The International Year of Statistics, currently being celebrated worldwide
The founding organizations of the International Year of Statistics—also called Statistics2013—are the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Biometric Society, International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and the Royal Statistical Society. As the established by the founding organizations, the campaign‘s primary objectives are to do the following:
- Increase public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
- Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among young people
- Promote creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics
Statistics2013 participating organizations include national and international professional statistical societies, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, businesses, government statistical agencies, and research institutes. These organizations are located in 121 countries spanning the world. Statistics help us to understand the world. Good statistics provide confidence and legitimacy for decisions, programme and treatments, (L. Aronson, Dec 2012). Statistics have powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of their connection—from the foods they eat to the medicines they take—and how statistics improve their lives.
On 6 March 2013, CARICOM joined with the world in celebrating the International Year of Statistics, with its official campaign launch; they expect that the observance of International Year of Statistics would garner greater profile for statistics across CARICOM. The CARICOM Secretariat, through its regional statistics programme, is collaborating with member states of CARICOM to observe the IYOS 2013 under the theme ―Statistics in Everyday Life; Let us Educate and Appreciate. Educating all stakeholders about statistics will be the general thrust of activities to observe the year. CARICOM Secretariat‘s public awareness programme will have at its core a focus on the region‘s youth. Other areas in statistics will pivot around that core youth focus and will dovetail with activities to observe the 40th Anniversary of the Caribbean Community...
Statistics2013 has given the Caribbean region another avenue to promote and highlight the need for statistical offices of the various countries to find ways to enable them to ―… find mechanism that can take us forward in this century and beyond, such as identifying Best Practices and Centers of Excellence; engaging with schools/universities on the teaching of mathematics and statistics and supporting the modernization of statistical agencies…” (P. Harrison, March 2013). CARICOM countries have embraced this worldwide event as many of them have planned events throughout the year to celebrate Statistics2013. Visit http://caricomstats.org/iyos2013.htm for the events.
The publication also honored and recognized Jack Harewood, former Director of Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, The University of West Indies, St. Augustine as a statistician who has contributed significantly to the development of Caribbean Statistics. CCMF states that -