A few days ago a facebook and twitter post went viral showing an ICT teacher in Ghana teaching Microsoft Word to his students using a blackboard.
The teacher, Richard Akoto, noted that “Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny. “I have been doing it anytime I am in the classroom. I love my students so have to do what will make them understand what [I] am teaching.”
Mr Akoto’s school has not had computers since 2011, despite the students needing to pass an ICT exam as part of their course requirement.
Akota’s plight came to the attention of Microsoft via entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong, who tweeted Microsoft Africa, saying “Surely you can get him some proper resources.”
— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) February 25, 2018
Microsoft responded by promising to send Mr Akoto a new computer for his classroom and give him access to education material and professional development.
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, and access to our MCE program & free professional development resources on https://t.co/dJ6loRUOdg
— Microsoft Africa (@MicrosoftAfrica) February 27, 2018
Enonchong also suggested Microsoft equipt the class similarly, but so far Microsoft has not responded to that suggestion yet.