There’s some impressive stuff out there in the world, but these days people tend to go viral for the more daft stuff — like slicing up steaks in a seductive way, getting interrupted on a live TV interview by your young kids or trying to catch a bat in the kitchen.
And the daft, light-hearted stuff is great, but none of it can out-do the impressiveness of one man in Ghana, who managed to teach computing without computers.
The man was photographed using his blackboard to meticulously draw out a complicated diagram of the Microsoft Word programme, the BBC reports.
The photos were posted to Facebook, with a caption of ‘Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny’.
His post also said:
«I love my students so have to do what will make them understand what [I] am teaching.»
Quartz Africa has identified the man as 33-year-old Richard Appiah Akoto, who is the information and communcation teacher at at Betenase M/A Junior High School in Sekyedomase — a town that’s about two and half hours drive north of Ghana’s second city, Kumasi.
Quartz reports that even though the school has no computers, the 14- and 15-year-old students are still expected to sit a national ICT exam before they’re able to progress to high school.
But Akoto clearly wasn’t letting the lack of computers stop them, and pulled out his multi-coloured chalk to hand-draw the complicated diagram.
«This is not my first time [of drawing] it. I have been doing it anytime I am in the classroom,» MrAkoto told Quartz.
«I like posting pictures on Facebook so I just felt like [sharing it]. I didn’t know it would get the attention of people like that,» he said.
«Definitely those in Accra [Ghana’s capital] will pass the exam because you cannot compare someone who is in front of a computer, who knows what he is doing with the mouse to someone who has not had a feel of a computer mouse before.»
He goes by the nickname of ‘Owura Kwadwo Hottish’ on Facebook, which was where the photos went viral. They gained particular prominence when a popular Ghanaian comedian, who is also a teacher, shared it with his 140,000 Facebook fans, meaning it wasn’t long for the world to start sharing in a sort of global digital applause.
— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) February 25, 2018
On Sunday, entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong then tweeted Microsoft Africa to highlight Akoto’s story, suggesting: «Surely you can get him some proper resources.»
The software company responded by pledging to send Akoto a computer and give him access to its education material.
Pretty inspirational stuff, isn’t it?