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Ghanaian teacher uses blackboard to teach MS Word

A social media post, in which, a teacher in Ghana educates his students on computer technology, by drawing the whole interface of Microsoft Word program with chalk on a blackboard, has gone viral.

Social media users laud the teacher’s effort to explain how computers work without even using a computer. In the photos, which has gone viral, the students in the class can also be seen copying the interface into their notebooks.

Richard Appiah Akoto (Owura Kwadwo in Facebook) is the information and communication technology (ICT) teacher at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase, about two and half hours drive north of Ghana’s second city, Kumasi.

According to a report in Quartz, the school has no computers even though since 2011, 14 and 15-year-olds are expected to write and pass a national exam (without which students cannot progress to high school) with ICT being one of the subjects.

Mr. Akoto, who has been a teacher at the school for six years, said: “This is not my first time [of drawing] it. I have been doing it anytime I am in the classroom…I like posting pictures on Facebook so I just felt like [sharing it]. I didn’t know it would get the attention of people like that.”

After the FB post goes viral,  Microsoft has even promised to send him new computer equipment.

“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 them understand Wat am teaching,” Akoto said in a Facebook post, which has been shared thousands of times online by social media users.

On Sunday, Cameroonian born technology entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong tweeted to Microsoft Africa, highlighting that Akoto was teaching the use of their product without actually having access to it. “Surely you can get him some proper resources,” she suggested.

Following which the Microsoft pledge to send Mr. Akoto a computer and give him access to educational-related resources.

“Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do. We will equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of our partners, and access to our MCE program & free professional development resources on,” Microsoft Arica replied to Ms. Enonchong tweet.

Apart from Microsoft, the teacher has received offers of donations for laptops and projectors for his school. “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.”

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