Richard Akoto Appiah most likely never expected to be in Singapore for a Microsoft Education Exchange Programme while drawing a detailed Microsoft Word Interface on his class’ blackboard. He is the Ghanaian ICT teacher who, in the absence of a computer, drew a detailed Microsoft Word interface on a blackboard to teach his students.
Richard was first cited in a viral image on Facebook showing himself drawing on the board with a piece of white chalk. His viral image on Facebook was captioned, “Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny,” The 34-year-old teacher known as Owura Kwadwo Hotish on Facebook was captured drawing for his pupils at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase.
In an interview with CNN, Richard said, “I wanted them to know or see how the window will appear if they were to be behind a computer,” Always wanted them to have interest in the subject so I always do my possible best for them.”
Akoto’s post came to the notice of Microsoft Africa who promised to equip him with a device and access to the MCE program and free professional development resources. Judging from a Facebook post of Owura Kwadwo, Microsoft has begun fulfilling its pledge.
“Just arrived in Singapore for the Microsoft Global Education Exchange Summit. Looking forward to learning something new. #thanksMicrosoft,” Owura Kwadwo confirmed in a post on Facebook.
The Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) event has been in existence for more than a decade and aims to celebrate amazing educators and provide them with the opportunity to collaborate with each other.
Educators selected by Microsoft to attend the programme are credited with sparking creativity and curiosity in their students, by embracing modern teaching and learning, innovative curriculum, and by providing immersive experiences with technology.
This year’s Education Exchange (E2) event is being held in Singapore, from March 13 through March 15, 2018.