​Man Goes Viral After Teaching Computing Without Computers In Ghana

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 - which, of course, springs one classic movie scene to mind:

"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.

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?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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