Ghanaian Teacher Whose Microsoft Word Drawing For His Students Went Viral Gets Computers Donated For Class

Richard Appiah Akoto

Richard Appiah Akoto, a teacher at Betenase M/A Junior High School in Ghana, found himself in a bit of a jam recently. His students needed to pass a national exam which would include questions about information and commmunication technology. The only problem was that the school hasn’t had an actual computer in the past seven years. So how would they learn?

Instead of being down about the situation, Richard came up with the genius idea to physically draw a diagram of Microsoft Word on a chalkboard to help his kids learn! The diagram was so impressive that he even went viral!


After news of Richard’s diagram spread, the students received their very first laptop, provided by a Saudi benefactor at University of Leeds in the UK. Some days later, NIIT Ghana, which provides computer training, donated another five desktop computers to the school, as well as books and a laptop for Richard. On top of all of this, Microsoft flew Richard to Singapore to attend the annual Microsoft Educators Exchange and get free technology training there!

And this all happened because this teacher refused to let circumstances get in the way of reaching his students. “Where there is a will, there is a way and where there is a way, there is a power to do,” he said on Facebook. What a major blessing! These computers will definitely be helpful for these kids as they continue to learn at this school.

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