If you should walk into the Savelugu community where Joachim Bardoe, a teacher at Rawdatul At Faal English and Arabic JHS Block works, you would find him distributing free masks to members of the community and going door to door to educate each family on precautionary measures to take in order to protect themselves from the virus. So far he and his team have been able to distribute over 300 masks. As a teacher, Joachim is not only committed to helping his students but also effecting change in his community especially during the covid-19 pandemic.
Joachim misses his students due to the closure of schools. He recalls “The little talks, smiles, energy, fist bumps” but he continues teaching his students despite the challenges. He uses conference calls to teach his students English and Mathematics. In order to ensure these lessons are effective, he calls them on individual basis to teach them.
As a teacher, Joachim’s passion continues to grow anytime he meets with his students. He explains that his interaction with them allows him to help them and also learn more about himself. Joachim continues to enhance his knowledge and partakes in online courses, in order to help his students. He also keeps himself updated and connected with his friends and family.
Joachim is a Lead for Ghana fellow. He holds a degree in Development Planning from KNUST. He describes his teaching journey as one full of grooming, self discovery, social connections and leadership up building. Most importantly it has been eye opening in a way that has helped him to understand the challenges that students face and how best to assist them.
He loves teaching. And despite the coronavirus outbreak he is committed to his profession. “I have received several offers but I’ve rejected them all to focus on teaching my students”.
Joachim is focused on changing the minds of his students with hopes that most his 85 students will one day continue to the university to pursue their dreams
Joachim is constantly inspired by the work of others like his lecturer from Ashesi University Dr. Amoako and Mr. Pele, one teacher who uses sports as a way to curb the issue of teenage pregnancy in Savelugu.
In the future, he hopes to be a policy Analyst.
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 Water birds 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