Recently, a simple photo of Richard Appiah Akoto showing his pupils how to work in Microsoft Word was spread on the web. The teacher from Ghana had to teach the schoolchildren the basic IT skills using only a blackboard, since the school didn’t have the resources to get them PCs.
Teaching of ICT in Ghana's school is very funny. ICT on the board paa. I love ma students so have to do wat will make…
The teacher posted his photos on FB to show the teaching methodology he uses. This brought attention to the fact that the pupils who study ICT without ever using computers are obliged to take a national examination.
Richard Appiah Akoto, known also as Owura Kwadwo, admits that it’s fun to teach ICT in Ghana secondary school. He loves his pupils and does his best to provide them with knowledge in any way he can.
Akoto explained that he has to draw the Windows on a blackboard every lesson. He also said that he posted the photos only because he likes doing it, not expecting his story to go viral.
It was a woman named Rebecca Enonchong who contacted Microsoft upon seeing the photo. She tweeted about a teacher who had to explain how to use the product without any access to real machines, and that he could at least be provided with some resources. Her request was not ignored: a representative of Microsoft company contacted the ICT teacher. They promised to provide the school with new equipment and Akoto with resources to develop professionally.
So far, the school has already received the first donation – but it wasn’t from Microsoft.
The staff and students of Betenase M/A JHS wishes to say a very big thank you to AMIRAH ALHARTHI, university of Leeds…
Akoto’s case is typical of an under-resourced dysfunctional public school system. Many African families have to send their kids to private schools, as public ones lack resources greatly.
Source: Daily Mail