Volunteer Stories: Debunking covid-19 myths through Education

Growing up, Sandra was inspired by teachers and wanted to use her knowledge to help others. So right after graduating from University of Education, Winneba she joined the Lead for Ghana teaching fellowship. 

In the wake of the covid-19 crisis, Hurriya Islamic JHS where she teaches, has been closed down with her students now at home. However being the industrious person she is, Sandra Aidoo, an Integrated Science teacher is re-strategizing and finding ways to help her students learn effectively. On Mondays and Saturdays she gives them assignments via phone calls and reaches them on the remaining days to discuss these assignments. This ensures that every single one of the 21 students in her class does not miss out.

Since the pandemic began, there has been misinformation on the virus in her community as well. ” There are myths that if you put Shea butter on your skin you will not be affected  by the coronavirus.” Sandra says. Knowing this to be false, she reaches out to educate her students and other community members on proper precautionary measures to practice in order to prevent contracting the virus. Additionally, Sandra and her team have taken it up among themselves to provide face masks to the community members. She hopes to gain assistance from the DCE to ensure mass production and distribution of these face masks. 

Sandra’s mum and Oprah Winfrey are her major sources inspiration. For her, the Lead for Ghana journey has been enlightening and full of self discovery. Sandra loves the shared sense of team work that comes with being a fellow. She particularly enjoys the Leadership development sessions where she and other fellows meet to share their experiences. She shares her teaching experience “There are times when I’m a little down but once I get to class, I get revived”.

 In 5 years, Sandra hopes to complete a Masters degree and to teach in higher education institutions.   

During this outbreak, Sandra continues to participate in online courses and reads new books to help her enhance her skills and knowledge. 

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 

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