When you think of must-have paraphernalium for the purposes of an information and communications technology( ICT) class, computers are at the very top of the list. But, the coming week, pictures of a Ghanaian teacher working much more creative techniques have gone viral.
Meet Richard Appiah Akoto. Akoto, 33, is an ICT teacher at Betenase M/ A Junior high school in Sekyedomase, a town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and a two hours’ drive from Ghana’s second city, Kumasi. Instead of desktops and tablets, Akoto uses blackboards and chalk.
He learns his students how to use computers by gleaning meticulously detailed videos. This one of a word processing window took the Internet by rain after he affixed it on Facebook two weeks ago. Like many professors, Akoto goes by a different word on the social media platform.
“Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny. ICT on the members of the commission paa. I adoration ma students so have to do wat will realize them understand Wat am learning, ” he wrote in his post.
Back in 2011, the Ghanaian authority established a located of national quizs, which include a test in ICT. Teenagers are expected to sit the quiz aged 14 and 15 to progress to high school. Yet, the school Akoto schools at still doesn’t providing access to computers.
So Rebecca Enonchong, tech CEO and financier, tweeted Microsoft, announcing on them to equip Betenase Junior High with some severely necessary supplies.
Microsoft responded, promising to send Akoto a machine from one of their partners. They likewise offered access their MCE program and free professional growth resources.
What does Akoto think of all the attention?
“This is not my first time[ of sucking] it. I have been doing it anytime I am in the classroom, ” Akoto told Gizmodo Africa. “I like posting pictures on Facebook so I really felt like[ sharing it ]. I didn’t know it would get the attention of parties like that.”
kudos to Akoto for remembering outside the box and being an all-around celebrity teach, but this story spotlights a serious problem fronting Ghana’s public school system.
According to Gizmodo, “theres been” calls to address the huge the inequalities between private and public institutions in the country and calls for a more equal dissemination of educational resources.
[ H/ T: Gizmodo]