Ghana teacher goes viral for teaching computer tech with no computers

  • A photo of a teacher in Ghana explaining to students how computers work on a blackboard has resulted in a promise by Microsoft to send him new computer equipment.

    The IT teacher, Richard Appiah Akoto shared a photo to his Facebook showing himself teaching how to use Microsoft Word without having any actual computers in the classroom.

    In a Facebook post, Mr Akoto wrote: "Teaching of ICT in Ghana's school is very funny."

    The post went viral on both Facebook and Twitter, and gained prominence after being picked up by international websites and tech enthusiasts.

    Eventually a tweet reached Microsoft and the software giant responded with a pledge to send Mr Akoto proper computer equipment and give him access to its education material.

    "Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do," the firm tweeted back.

    While the post has become a source of inspiration for teachers in Africa, it's a reflection of an under-resourced public school system.

    In Ghana, there have been calls for a national conversation about fairer distribution of resources to struggling rural schools.


    Source: ABC News (c) Photograph: Facebook: Owura Kwadwo Hottish


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