It may seem that everyone is pretty savvy in using the computer seeing how it has invaded the planet. It is the case if you live in progressive countries or bustling cities like most people who are active online but unfortunately, these modern contrivances are still unheard of or just a dream in some part of the globe where food, water, shelter, and safety are of utmost importance and the only thing that matters to them. Kids grow up not knowing how a computer looks like or stay virtually clueless about the inner workings of the web. But we all know that we can’t stop technology from progressing. The rest of the world can do the impossible while these underprivileged people remain in the dark and stay rooted deep in poverty.
Meanwhile, it does not mean nothing can be done about it. If one or more people stand up and take actions about this continued ignorance and hopelessness, then these people may be able to change the course of their lives. Such is the case of a really creative and passionate teacher who took the initiative of drawing what an MS Word screen on a blackboard to show his students that they can still learn about computers despite its absence. And seeing how powerful a platform social media has become, his story trended and caught the attention of many.
With just a blackboard and a talent for drawing, a Ghanaian teacher has explained in detail to his students the secrets of Microsoft Word, earning numerous headlines and worldwide admiration.
Now Richard Appiah Akoto, who gained fame last month for teaching computer technology without computers at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the southern Ghana town of Sekyedumase, is starting to appreciate the fruits of his unexpected media attention.
People and organizations are donating desktop computers and laptops to his school. And, as part of Microsoft’s promise to offer him free training, Akoto was flown to Singapore to attend the annual Microsoft Educators Exchange.
He passionately taught about technology even if they themselves lack it. It only goes to show that everything is doable once you set your mind and heart into it. And his great efforts worked. They captured the attention of almost the entire world and got the donation they so desperately need. Everyone should have a fair chance of keeping abreast with the many changes going around us and the teacher’s effort is commendable in so many levels.
Owura Kwadwo Hottish, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teacher in Ghana who became a twitter sensation in February after drawing Microsoft Word interface on a blackboard continues to get support.
Hottish’s innovative teaching method in the face of lacking teaching and learning materials earned him lots of commendation on social media.
Microsoft’s Africa office also promised to equip him with a device to help teach his children. This was after a tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong tweeted at the company seeking support for him.
And today, this teacher hasn’t just opened up a whole new world for his students for them to see a computer for real despite their dire circumstances but also gave him a chance to learn more about his craft by being sent to a Microsoft Exchange Summit in Singapore, an opportunity that he could’ve missed if he wasn’t so brazen in his efforts to educate the ignorant and share his knowledge about computer to students who never knew these things existed when barely surviving is what they can only think of almost every single time.
For many of these kids, this just the beginning of something better in their lives and a chance to break out of the poverty and hopeless situation they are in. They have a lot to learn too. Not only it is a must to learn the basics but on what to do when things don’t turn out as planned considering that they are so far away from civilization and they can only often count on themselves to troubleshoot for potential PC issues such as https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/ since professional services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/ are unheard of and something they can definitely not afford. It is refreshing to come across stories such as theirs because it shows us that not all hope is yet lost and faith in humanity is once restored.
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