The Central Region was historically part of the Western Region until 1970 when it was carved out just before the 1970 Population Census. It occupies an area of 9,826 square kilometres or 4.1 per cent of Ghana’s land area, making it the third smallest in area after Greater Accra and Upper East. It shares common boundaries with Western Region on the west, Ashanti and Eastern Regions on the north, and Greater Accra Region on the east. On the south is the 168-kilometre length Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) coastline.
The region was the first area in the country to make contact with the Europeans. Its capital, Cape Coast, was also the capital of the Gold Coast until 1877, when the capital was moved to Accra. It was in the castle of Cape Coast that the historic Bond of 1844 was signed between the British and the Fante Confederation.
In all, there are about 32 major festivals in the region. Notable among these are the Aboakyer at Winneba, Fetu at Cape Coast and Bakatue at Elmina.
The region has two Universities - University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba. The Cape Coast Municipality has excellent educational institutions like Mfantsipim School, St. Augustine’s College, Wesley Girls High School, Adisadel College and Holy Child that have produced some of the prominent citizens in the country.
As part of efforts to end streetism among children, government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) has introduced the ‘From Street to School’ project to re-unite the children with their families.
Mr. Francis Kofi Ayeequaye, Chief Executive of Effutu Municipal Assembly has charged all Assembly and Unit Committee members to eschew partisan politics to ensure effective and efficient Development in the area.
“Mbobroto”, a farming community in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region has received a massive educational infrastructural boost as the assembly has constructed a six- unit classroom block to enhance teaching and learning in the area.