The job of a teacher is often a difficult, thankless one. Despite this, the best teachers we've had have made their jobs look effortless, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances. Owura Kwadwo is one such teacher. When the young teaching college graduate was assigned to teach computer literacy at a primary school, he thought the posting would be uneventful at best. But this was not the case. You see, Owura Kwadwo was assigned to teach computer literacy at a school without a computer.
The headmistress of the school, which is located in Northern Ghana, told journalists that the only laptop the school had broke down in 2015. It had been donated to them by a philanthropist and, before it broke, was used to teach computer literacy to all 430 students. Since 2015, the school had been unable to raise funds to replace the laptop, leaving students without any form of technology to learn from.
"It's a big problem for us that we have an Information and Technology teacher in the school and yet there is no laptop for us to use to teach the students," she said.
This was the school Owura Kwadwo wound up teaching at. He was determined not to leave the students without some knowledge of how to use a computer. What he did next has won the hearts of people around the world, with many calling for him to receive an award.
Whenever Owura Kwadwo teaches the students computer literacy, he painstakingly recreates a computer screen on the board so they can have a visual aid to better understand how to use a computer. He recently taught them how to use Microsoft Word by drawing a screenshot of a Word doc on the blackboard, complete with labels to provide the students with a near-complete understanding of the program.
Owura Kwadwo's actions went viral when he posted photos of him drawing on the board with the caption, "I love ma students so have to do wat will make them understand wat am teaching." He included the hashtag '#Committedteacher' as though it wasn't already obvious that he is one.
The former art student's actions have won him praise from people on social media. He is hoping the attention the post has received will encourage people to donate old laptops and money for supplies to his school. "There are many schools facing the same problem," he said, "I can also help out and give some of the donations to them, so they can also benefit through teaching Information and Technology."
Responses from companies have made it obvious that Owura Kwadwo's students' lives will soon be changed for the better. Microsoft Africa responded to the social media frenzy stating that they will be making a donation to his school soon. The young teacher isn't left out either, with the Ghanaian government announcing plans to give him an award.