Growing up, Tuarik Alhassan realized the challenges with the educational system and thus decide to be an educator in order to guide and mentor upcoming students. So 2 years after completing his Community Nutrition degree at the University of Development Studies, he joined the Lead for Ghana teaching fellowship. As at 2020, Tuarik teaches about 21 students at the Hurriya Islamic JHS.
In his community, schools have been temporarily closed schools in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease. However Tuarik is not discouraged and continues to play his essential role as an educator and leader in his community.
He conducts his Mathematics lessons via phone calls. He gives his students assignments and reaches them later to discuss and explain concepts which the students may have difficulties with. This is helping his students keep abreast new things and to continuously enhance their knowledge even though they are stuck at home.
As a leader and Health/ Nutrition advocate, Tuarik continuously goes out of his way to educate his community on the coronavirus. He has visited Ntv, a local TV station and Radio 123 to educate members of his community on measures to take in order to protect their health status. Along with this, he donates free nose masks to community members.
Tuarik explains that despite the challenges he faces, his teaching experiences has brought out the best in him. Giving him the ability to help his community members who inspire him with their hard work.
What he likes best about being a teaching fellow is the network that he’s made and his opportunity to build his career. He’s always in contact with his colleagues and who support and share ideas with him. Tuarik mentions ‘The Institute’ a gathering of Lead for Ghana fellows where he receives a vast amount of knowledge that he’s always amazed by. He always leaves these gatherings highly motivated. He adds that it has improved his communication skills too.
Tuarik cites the lack of Teaching and learning materials to facilitate learning in his community. He assists in writing proposals to the appropriate bodies in order to receive assistance to promote effective learning at Hurriya Islamic JHS.
In few years, Tuarik sees himself teaching as a lecturer in one of the nation’s universities.
Article by Kofi Konadu Berko
Kofi Konadu Berko is passionate about education and youth development. He holds a B.A in Adult Education and Human Resource Studies from the University Of Ghana. His works have been published in the historic Afroyoung Adult anthology titled Waterbirds On the Lakeshore, Adabraka: Stories From the Center Of the World, How To Write My Country’s name, Tampered Press and the Kalahari Review. He blogs at obolokofi.wordpress.com