A teacher in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi earned admiration and respect of the Internet community for creative attempts to teach his students computer technology, despite the school's lack of computers.
The man, who was identified by the Quartz Africa as Richard Appiah Akoto(aka Owura Kwadwo), made a Facebook post with images of his information and computer technology (ICT) class.
The photos showed Akoto using blackboard and colored chalks to draw a diagram of the Microsoft World program.
"Teaching of ICT in Ghana's school is very funny," he said in a Facebook post alongside the photos," the post read.
Apparently, despite not having any computers since 2011, Akoto's school still requires its students to pass the computer technology examination, as part of the curriculum, leaving it up to the heroic teacher to overcome the shortage of equipment.
"I love my students so have to do what will make them understand what [I] am teaching," Akoto told the Quartz.
"This is not my first time [of drawing] it. I have been doing it anytime I am in the classroom."
"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.
In a rare instant of Internet fame actually meaning something in the real world, the dedicated teacher was noticed by the tech giant Microsoft, which promised to deliver computers to his school.
"Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do," Microsoft's twitter post read.
"We will equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of our partners, and access to our MCE program & free professional development resources on http://education.microsoft.com."
The Twitter community praised Akoto for going an extra mile for his students, despite the complex task of teaching IT with nothing but blackboard and chalk.
Meet Owura Kwadwo Hottish @OHottish, the Ghanaian teacher whose drawing of features of a Word Processing Window on the board to teach his students went viral on the internet. Microsoft will be donating computers to the school because of his efforts. ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/K85bzmKNGF— Everything Ghana (@EverydayGhana) 28 февраля 2018 г.
Imagine you have to teach basics of computing in a village school in Ghana with "no computers" and electricity only 25% of the time.— Sriram (@srirambjp) 27 февраля 2018 г.
Impossible? A committed teacher, Owura Kwadwo, draws the MS-Word/Office screens on Board with chalk and teaches.
Hey @BillGates can you do this? pic.twitter.com/52KRnOkjAX
Stories have a way of touching us all & social media has its positives!— Call Me OKOYE (@Brownschuga) 27 февраля 2018 г.
Owura Kwadwo from Kumasi, Ghana, has to improvise when teaching ICT to his students without computers
1️⃣ tweet from user @africatechie later & boom Microsoft Africa to the rescue 🙌🏾#PRChatAfrica #PR pic.twitter.com/r7L0lhYi8f
ICT class in Ghana.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) 26 февраля 2018 г.
No computer, no problem.
(ht Owura Kwadwo Hottish) pic.twitter.com/PEc6mq78So
Owura Kwadwo Hottish is the name of the passionate Ghanaian teacher, who had to improvise by drawing the parts and features of a Word Processing Window on the board to teach his students, because they didn't have access to a computer. These pictures have since gone viral. pic.twitter.com/Sbrzl0Tq1n— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) 25 февраля 2018 г.
Brilliant: Hire them all! Richard Appiah Akoto 33, is the information and communication technology (ICT) teacher at a school that has no computers. Since 2011, 14 and 15-year-old students cannot progress to high school w/o passing ICT https://t.co/29iby6UkZQ pic.twitter.com/GXhniy4XpS— Pippa Malmgren 中国行 (@DrPippaM) 1 марта 2018 г.
Ghana’s Richard Appiah Akoto teaching computing without computers is a model for self-empowered leadership spreading empowerment. Also a statement for why technology matters and we’ve to marry tech and strategy. #mobileminds #technology #innovationtelling https://t.co/NBMn0Tu79B— MarieElisabethMüller (@memplexx) 1 марта 2018 г.