At Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase, about two and half hours drive north of Ghana’s second city, Kumasi, 14 and 15-year-olds have been expected to write and pass a national exam (without which students cannot progress to high school) with information and communication technology (ICT) being one of the subjects since 2011.
This all sounds perfectly reasonable, until one learns the school has no computers.
So what’s an ICT teacher to do? Richard Appiah Akoto, 33, the ICT teacher at the school racked his brains and came up with an innovative solution that went viral on Twitter and Facebook under his nickname, “Owura Kwadwo Hottish”.
Depending on your perspective, you could shake your head at the “state of African education, or you could take the view that this is proof of an incredibly creative approach to teaching a subject that many wealthy countries take for granted. We’re in favour of the latter: creative approach and a bit of gentle humour, all rolled into one.
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Full article available on the Quartz website. Header photo by Richard Appiah Akoto.