Do you remember this Ghana school teacher, Richard Appiah Akoto?
Weeks earlier, Richard Appiah Akoto, posted his chalkboard work rendition of Microsoft Word window on Facebook and received too many positive comments.
GHANA TEACHER, RICHARD APPIAH AKOTO
Richard teaches at Betenase Municipal Assembly Junior High school in Sekyedomase, a small town in Ghana.
In an effort to showcase how a Microsoft Word screen looks, he took an innovative way to display it to his students. In fact, this was the best way in the absence of computers in the school.
Richard drew the perfect rendering of the window marking out the bars and menus in great details.
We live in a world dominated by technology powered gadgets. It’s not a fascinating thing that everyone owns a computer these days.
But what’s more shocking is that there are many schools around the globe like Richard’s who are not able to afford for computers to train their students.
This bitter truth came into revelation as Richard’s post on his Facebook profile with an alias name Owura Kwadwo Hottish became viral.
Thousands of people engaged with his post and thereby attracted many helping hands.
MICROSOFT STEPS IN TO HELP OUT
Microsoft, the godfather of computers, also took notice of the Ghana teacher’s post. Microsoft’s Education Center in Singapore made arrangements to take Richard halfway around the world to Singapore to attend the company’s Education Exchange (E2) event.
This was the very first trip of Richard outside Ghana.
Richard received a star treatment at the event for his selfless and proactive way of helping out his lovable students.
Appreciating Richard’s efforts to overcome obstacles and teach his students, Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft said,
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. 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.
Now, Microsoft is working with Richard and some local partners in Ghana to help the school with the hardware and software supports.
In addition to that, Microsoft has also provided Richard an access to Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) for professional development. Consequently, this would greatly help him in making his teaching more efficient.
Ecstatic Richard said,
Something very positive has come out of this and I am very happy. We are no longer going to use the chalkboard again. We will have computers.
Richard will soon teach his students using real computers. How Nice!
MORE HELP COMING IN
Not just Microsoft, many came forward to offer help to Richard and his school.
For instance, an Indian multinational company, NIIT, also granted 5 desktop computers to the school and a personal laptop for Richard.
Richard turned out a hero for his school and students.
Richard’s efforts remind us again that ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.