Microsoft Africa and others fulfills pledge to local Ghana ICT teacher

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Microsoft Africa has fulfilled its promise to Ghana Teacher Richard Appiah Akoto Appiah by flying him out of Ghana to participate in the just ended this Microsoft’s Education Exchange Conference held in Singapore this year.

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.

The conference which was attended by 400 educators and leaders from 91 countries welcomed the Ghanaian ICT teacher with a standing ovation.

The Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft praised Richard Appiah Akoto for overcoming major obstacles to help his students “Your work has really inspired the world. It really shows the amazing innovation and commitment and passion that teachers have for helping their students get ready for the future,” he said.

The 33 years old teacher on February 15th of this year became a social media sensation after his pictures of using drawings of Microsoft Word Screen on a chalkboard for illustration to Junior High School students went viral in Ghana last month with a about 9.4 thousand hits.

Following series of social media interventions which caught the attention of the world, Microsoft Africa therefore promise on its twitter page to offer assistance to the local teacher.

As part of its commitment to sharpening the skills of Mr. Akoto, Microsoft will assist the teacher to have access to the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) for professional development, so he can nurture his passion for teaching and build rich custom learning experience for his students and also through a local partner in Ghana to provide device and software support required for his students at the Betenase Sekyedomase in rural Ghana.

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