Ghanaian Teacher Who Went Viral After Teaching His Students IT Without A Computer Is Now Flooded With Systems
The Ghanaian teacher Richard Appiah Akoto who won hearts recently when images of him teaching his students about Microsoft Word without a computer, now has several computers at his disposal. All he had was a black board and colour chalks earlier.
His efforts did not go in vain and even Microsoft has invited him to Singapore to offer him free training. He will be attending the annual Microsoft Educators Exchange.
The American has also promised to equip Akoto with a device from a business partner as well as access to the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) for professional development.
Meanwhile, a Saudi student who was impressed with the work gifted a laptop ‘as a small gift to his students’.
“I always understand from the teachings of Islam that useful knowledge is crucial for the benefit of the self and humanity,” Amirah Alharthi told.
“Also, I am thinking of how much genius people the world has already lost because these people did not have the fair opportunities comparing to others and that makes me very sad.”
The school is being operated without a computer since 2011, but it is necessary for the students to clear the national exams that include questions on Information Technology.
Thanks to the passionate teacher, the school has been receiving computers from people. NIIT Ghana, a computer training school based in Accra, donated five desktop computers to the school, along with books and a laptop for Akoto.
“We were so touched by the teacher’s dedication for his students that we decided to support the school with the best we can do,” said NIIT’s centre manager, Ashish Kumar. “We took a printout of the news, pasted on our notice board and shared it with our CEO, Kapil Gupta.”
Akoto offered his thanks in a Facebook post earlier in the week. “God bless you all,” he said.
Akoto was also appreciated by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, who said that he was a prime example of those teachers who overcome various examples in order to help their students.
“Your work has really inspired the world. It really shows the amazing innovation and commitment and passion that teachers have for helping their students get ready for the future,” said Salcito.
“At Microsoft, we believe that educators are heroes and are pushing the boundaries of what is possible to transform learning and making a direct impact on the experiences and lifelong skills of their students.”