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Teaching ICT without computers and manuals

Teaching ICT without computers and manuals

We only recently came across the amazing and inspiring story of Richard Appiah Akoto, from Kumasi in Ghana, who draws meticulous illustrations of diagrams on his blackboard to teach his students ICT. The school has not had computers since 2011, despite learners needing to pass an information and communications technology (ICT) exam before entering high school.

Rebecca Enonchong who became aware of Mr. Akoto and the plight of his school, posted the following on Twitter: “Hey @MicrosoftAfrica, he’s teaching MS Word on a blackboard. Surely you can get him some proper resources.”

Microsoft Africa immediately responded and wrote: “Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do. We will equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of our partners. They followed this up saying that at Microsoft they believe that educators, like Mr. Akoto, are heroes, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to transform learning, and making a direct impact on the experiences and lifelong skills of their students.

We at Courseware4U were likewise impressed with Mr. Akoto’s dedication to his task as teacher and his enterprising spirit, and we have now donated a complete set of our Bundle 1 Plus, which is the equivalent of the ICDL Base Plus, to his school. The bundle includes Intermediate level Operating Systems, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet and Email, Databases and Presentation. As all our manuals are fully customizable and print on demand ready, Mr. Akoto can now customize and rebrand all these manuals as his own.