The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has donated over 150 assorted books to the Department of Communication Studies to be used as academic and professional reading and research materials.
The books, covering subjects such as Freedom of Expression and Rights, Media and Elections, Safety of Journalists, Digital Rights, Right to Information and the Legal Frameworks of the Media in West Africa, are meant to complement media pedagogy and enrich students’ knowledge of communication and the media industry in Ghana and the West African sub-region.
The Executive Director of MFWA, Mr. Sulemana Braimah, indicated that the donation is part of the Foundation’s quest to build proactive synergies with communications training institutions in ways that will facilitate excellent and hands-on training of media professionals in Ghana.
The head of Institutional Development at Media Foundation for West Africa, Dora B. Mawutor added that the gesture would be extended to other communication and media training schools in the sub-region.
“This support will not be limited to institutions in Ghana only,” she said. “[It] will be extended to other media training institutions in the respective countries in the region to resource them with teaching, learning and research materials.”
Officials of the Department of Communication Studies, on receiving the donation, thanked the Foundation for its kind gesture.
They pledged to put the volumes to effective use by making them available to students of the Department as well as the entire university community.
The Department of Communication Studies, led by the Acting Head of Department, Dr. Adwoa Sikayena Amankwah, later officially handed over the donated books to the managers of the UPSA Library at a brief presentation ceremony held in the foyer of the Joshua Alabi Library on Tuesday, April 6.
The University’s Liberian, Mr Elijah Akuamoah Mensah, who received the books said the collection will be added to the University’s large print stock and made available for use by members of the University community.
Present at the ceremony were Dr Edwin Ayernor, acting Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies, Mrs. Belinda Adzomani Diapim, departmental officer and other members of the faculty.