The Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC), USA, has partnered the Department of Population and Health of the University of Cape Coast, UCC, to build an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Centre and Library for the people of Yamoransa, a community in the Mfantseman Municipality.
The ICT Center and Library is a two-storey complex, with classroom, library, meeting rooms, a kitchen, secure storage for equipment , electricity and bathroom facilities.
This came to light when the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (DAPQA), Prof. Kofi Awusabo-Asare, led a delegation from the Department, to pay a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, at his office.
Briefing the Vice-Chancellor on the genesis of the facility, Prof. Awusabo-Asare indicated that the Department had a long-standing relationship with Yamoransa community and as a result every third-year student of the Department goes to stay in the community as part of their practical field training.
He said, in 2008, the Department surveyed the community to find out their pressing needs and it emerged that Yamoransa was in dire need of an ICT Center.
In 2011, the Department, Prof. Awusabo-Asare pointed out, came into contact with YASC, which was in Ghana to do its community works.
As a result, he said, the Department took YASC to Yamoransa to do its community work,with a special focus on support for building ICT center and library, which was a top priority identified by the leadership of Yamoransa community.
Responding, Prof. Ampiah, after welcoming Prof. Awusabo-Asare and his accompanying delegation, commended the Department and YASC for building the facility for the people of Yamoransa.
He said the Centre would help school children of the community to gain knowledge in ICT.
Prof. Ampiah appealed to the youth to make good use of the Centre in order to prolong its lifespan.
The Vice-Chancellor announced that he would pay a familiarisation visit to the Centre next year to acquaint himself with the activities and operations of the Centre.
Present at the function were the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan; the Head of the Department of Population and Health, Prof. Augustine Tanle, and other senior lecturers at the Department.