‘Computer On Blackboard’ Teacher Gets Brand New Computer Lab From Microsoft


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Richard Akoto Appiah who has a talent for teaching his students, managed to educate them on the Microsoft word interface using only chalk and a blackboard. The tech giant, Microsoft, noticing his efforts has equipped Akoto’s ICT class with brand new computers.

The Ghanaian ICT teacher who drew the Microsoft Word interface on a blackboard, to teach his students, has seen his efforts lead to the establishment of an ultra-modern computer lab at the school. The lab contains new desks, computers and a projector to make learning easy for students.

The 34 year old teacher who teaches at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase went viral when his exploits in using drawings on a black board to teach his students how to use Microsoft Word went viral. The 34-year-old posted photos of how he takes his pupils through ICT lessons on Facebook, leading to many reviews. “Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny,” he said on the caption accompanying the said post.

International media firms like the CNN and BBC featured him as his story became known across the globe. Microsoft Africa also took notice of his exploits and subsequently invited him to attend the Microsoft Education Exchange 2018, which was held in Singapore earlier in March. Akoto was equipped with access to the MCE program, as well as free professional development resources.

The teacher’s exploits led to the Betenase M/A Junior High School receiving laptops from Microsoft, whiles other NGO’s and institutions also donated ICT gadgets to help the students build their knowledge in the field. Also the school has gained massively from his accolades having an ultra-modern ICT lab was built and stocked with computers through initiatives by Microsoft, E-Solutions and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong.

Akoto took to Facebook to share some photos of the newly-built computer lab, whiles thanking all those who helped make it a reality. The ICT teacher wrote: “From ICT board to computer lab. Thanks Microsoft, thanks E Solutions, thanks Rebecca Enonchong. “God Bless anyone who played a key role to make this a reality”

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