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Teacher In Ghana Teaches ‘MS Word’ On Chalkboard, And You Have To See It From Up Close To Really Appreciate It
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Teacher In Ghana Teaches ‘MS Word’ On Chalkboard, And You Have To See It From Up Close To Really Appreciate It

A Facebook post by a teacher in Ghana has gone viral and won the hearts of many people, thanks to his unusual and improvised methods of teaching ICT (Information and Communications Technology), without a computer!

Owura Kwadwo, originally from Kumasi, Ghana, spoke to Bored Panda about his experiences teaching ICT in a rural farming community, which lacks basic equipment and resources for the task. “Every teacher has a way of presenting his subject to his students. This is my way,” he told us.

Having studied visual arts he decided to put his skills to good use when teaching the creation of a Word document, by drawing a complete screenshot on the chalkboard for his students to copy and learn from. “I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching, he said. “At least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer.” His method seems to work well, as the kids enjoy his classes a lot and are able to learn effectively. “I do make sure they understand everything well before they leave the class.”

The post has provoked heated discussion in Ghana. While most people rightly praise Mr. Kwadwo for his dedication to his students and genius improvisation, there has been outrage as to why he should have to go to these lengths in the first place. Why, in 2018, are schools still without a computer? Mr. Kwadwo himself thinks that things are slowly improving. “The government is helpful and I believe in them, they are trying to make ICT better for the teachers and students,” he said. While in the big cities like Accra and Kumasi this may be happening, progress is clearly slow in coming to rural areas. “We need well-equipped infrastructures and teaching and learning aids, and a government who has education at its heart.”

Since his post went viral, Mr. Kwadwo has received offers of donations for laptops and projectors, which is great news for the kids and the school. Mr. Kwadwo is grateful for any assistance in making a better experience for his students, and also plans to help out other schools in the region. “There are many schools facing this same problem,” he told Bored Panda. “I can also help out and give some of the donations to them, so they can also benefit through teaching ICT.”

Mr. Kwadwo’s efforts and commitment are a good example for teachers in developing countries like Ghana, when sometimes a bit of improvisation is needed to fill the gaps that governments are unable to provide. ICT is a vital subject for the next generation to be proficient in if Ghana is going to compete in the global marketplace, and with teachers like Mr. Kwadwo there to inspire students, things are looking up!

Owura Kwadwo from Kumasi, Ghana, has to improvise when teaching ICT to kids without access to computers

When teaching Microsoft Word, he draws a complete screenshot on the chalkboard for his students to copy and learn from

Mr. Kwadwo studied visual arts and he puts his skills to good use

“I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching. At least to give a picture of what they will see if they were behind a computer,” he told Bored Panda

Sadly, “there are many schools facing this same problem”

His Facebook post has captured the hearts of many people, impressed with his commitment and dedication to his students

Since his post went viral, Mr. Kwadwo has received offers of donations for laptops and projectors!

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago

The memory and the dedication of this teacher is phenomenal. I can never draw word out of memory to the level of his excellence! And the students copy everything!

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4 years ago

Dedication... Really hats off sir.👍🏽👍🏽 This happens when you actually like your job.

N G
Community Member
4 years ago

It would be interesting to see his students getting their first "hands on experience" with Word on an actual computer.

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
4 years ago

The memory and the dedication of this teacher is phenomenal. I can never draw word out of memory to the level of his excellence! And the students copy everything!

img
Community Member
4 years ago

Dedication... Really hats off sir.👍🏽👍🏽 This happens when you actually like your job.

N G
Community Member
4 years ago

It would be interesting to see his students getting their first "hands on experience" with Word on an actual computer.

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