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The Evangelical Presbyterian University College, Ho (EPUC) has, on Thursday July 22, 2021, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pencils of Promise (PoP), a reputable non-governmental organisation operating in the Volta Region, to formalise a long standing relationship that has existed between both parties for close to a decade.

The President of EPUC, Professor Edem Kwasi Bakah and Pencils of Promise’s Country Director, Mr. Freeman Gobah signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.

The MoU is expected to guide the relationship of both parties for the next five years, with plans to expand its scope to cover all departments of the University College.

Pencils of Promise is an international organisation noted for building schools, and has over the years engaged students of the University College to embark on research projects and literacy activities in the Volta Region.

PoP has also instituted an award for Best Graduating Student from the Department of Integrated Development Studies at EPUC.

In a brief remark, Professor Bakah expressed his appreciation to PoP for the support given to EPUC, to build the capacity of students by providing them with the opportunity to gain practical experience in data collection and other areas. He also assured PoP of ensuring that the MoU will be a functional one and not one that will gather dust on the shelves.

Mr. Gobah on his part pledged the preparedness of PoP to recruit more students for its data collection projects and to also offer opportunities for internship. He also indicated that PoP will be available to help build the capacity of EPUC staff in some areas when the need arises.

The short ceremony under strict COVID-19 protocols, took place on the main campus of the University College in Ho.

In attendance were the Vice President Elect of EPUC, Dr. Tsatsu Adogla-Bessah, Acting Registrar, Mr. Obed W. K. Adom, Deans, Lecturers and other key officers of the University College.

Other members of the PoP team were the Projects Manager, Mr. Anthony Quashigah, the L&E Manager, Mr. Supreme Edwin Asare, the Administration Manager, Ms. Hilda Ebelin and the Programmes Manager, Mr. Raphael Bandim.

Source: Romio Dotse/ Rustum Senorgbe, CBC