Richard Appiah Akoto, with just a blackboard and a talent for drawing, explained in detail to his students the secrets of Microsoft Word

The tech giant, Microsoft has equipped Akoto’s ICT class with brand new computers

The Ghanaian ICT teacher who drew the Microsoft Word interface on a blackboard, to teach his students, has seen his efforts lead to the establishment of an ultra-modern computer lab at the school. The lab contains new desks, computers and a projector to make learning easy for students. Richard Akoto Appiah became an internet sensation when his exploits in using drawings on a black board to teach his students how to use Microsoft Word went viral. The 34-year-old who teaches at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase posted photos of how he takes his pupils through ICT lessons on Facebook, leading to many reviews. “Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny,” he said on the caption accompanying the said post.

With the photos going viral, international media firms like the CNN and BBC featured him as his story became known across the globe. A fully furnished computer lab for the school; with each pupil having a laptop. Microsoft Africa also took notice of his exploits and subsequently invited him to attend the Microsoft Education Exchange 2018, which was held in Singapore earlier in March. Akoto was equipped with access to the MCE program, as well as free professional development resources. The teacher’s exploits led to the Betenase M/A Junior High School receiving laptops from Microsoft, whiles other NGO’s and institutions also donated ICT gadgets to help the students build their knowledge in the field.

However, the school’s fortunes have been further transformed after an ultra-modern ICT lab was built and stocked with computers through initiatives by Microsoft, E-Solutions and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong. Akoto took to Facebook to share some photos of the newly-built computer lab, whiles thanking all those who helped make it a reality. The ICT teacher wrote: “From ICT board to computer lab. Thanks Microsoft, thanks E Solutions, thanks Rebecca Enonchong. “God Bless anyone who played a key role to make this a reality”