Yamoransa Community gets ICT Centre

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.

GNA

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