In an age where people are hooked to smartphones and have almost given up on writing on paper, it’s hard to imagine a high school which doesn’t have computers and teenager who doesn’t know MS Word or Powerpoint.
But as far-fetched as a school without computers sound, it’s very much a reality in developing countries like Ghana.
But not letting the lack of computer be a factor in studies, a teacher in Sekyedumase Senior High School, Ghana is teaching students MS Word and that too on a blackboard.
The teacher, who is known as Owura Kwadwo Hottish, not only dedicates his life to his students but makes sure he has every small detail on MS Word covered on the blackboard so the students don’t face any disadvantage against students who are using the real thing.
Ghana’s Sekyedumase Senior High School is struggling with lack of funds, and thus cannot buy computers for its students.
But, Owura didn’t want this setback to become a hindrance to student learning and thus decided to teach with the only tools he had – a blackboard.
“I do it to make my students understand what I‘m teaching, at least to give a picture of what they will see assuming they were behind a computer. I do make sure they understand everything well before they leave the class.”
Recently he posted a few pictures from his class on his social media page and the post has since gone viral.
While the people commenting are praising Owura for his dedication, they are also discussing why he should have to go to such lengths in the first place.
Owura explains that while things are improving and the government is doing what it can, it is still taking time.
“The government is helpful and I believe in them, they are trying to make ICT better for the teachers and students.”