Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Yamoransa (C/R) Aug. 14, GNA - The Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC), American Foundry Society (AFS) Ghana, has inaugurated an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre and library at Yamoransa in the Central Region.
It was in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Think with support from Vodafone Ghana.
The two-storey complex has a classroom, reading rooms, conference rooms, kitchen, wash rooms and a computer laboratory, which would be stocked with 35 computers installed with eBooks covering various subjects.
The facility is expected to provide access and training to residents in and around Yamoransa and bridge the digital divide that places information and opportunities out of reach of most residents.
It would in addition, host council meetings and other community activities.
The edifice, a priority identified by the community, started in 2012 with the community members and Yale Volunteers laying the building’s foundation.
Skilled Labour and other materials were funded through community fundraising and financial support from Yale friends.
Mr Robert Jackson, United States Ambassador, at a durbar said Yale has the tradition of encouraging civic participation and the alumni has over the years provided various services.
The ceremony, which also signified the end of YASC’s fourth programmme in the community was interspersed with cultural and arts display from some of the 80-member YACS volunteers and Yamoransa pupils while some individuals who have been instrumental in the project were honoured.
He said the project has the potential to link up marketing and employment opportunities outside the community and nurture individual talents and skills necessary to bring about development in the community.
The Ambassador urged residents make good use of the facility to access world ideas to bring about the needed change in the community.
The Pro Vice Chancellor of UCC, Professor George Oduro underscored the importance of ICT to the development of every nation, adding that it helps to enhance the proficiency of students in various subjects.
He commended the stakeholders especially the volunteering spirit of the community and affirmed the university’s commitment to support projects and collaborations, which seek the development of deprived communities.
Nana Akwa II, Chief of Yamoransa KojoKrom and Sumankwahen of the Nkusukum Traditional Area, expressed the importance of computer literacy in the fast developing world and appealed to the youth to make good use of the ICT centre.
According to the 2010 National Population Census, the most recent by the Ghana Statistical Service, only 4.9 per cent of households in the Mfantsiman Municipality have computers with 53 per cent of all residents in the municipality and 58 per cent in Yamoransa being 19 years or younger.
Computer literacy is expected to improve in the area with the establishment of the ICT facility.
YACS‘s relationship with the Yamoransa dates back to the time when volunteers engaged in sustainable development efforts and cultural exchanges in conjunction with AFS Ghana.
The Population and Health Department of UCC had chosen the community as its social laboratory.