As the world continues to cope with challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM Teachers across the country continue to show their resilience and commitment to their profession in their various communities. Here we have Richard Kugblenu an Information Communications Technology (ICT) teacher and librarian at the Sakasaka JHS in Tamale. He teaches about 56 students.
Richard’s passion for teaching was born through the tutoring of his mates from his university days. So it’s no surprise he joined the Lead for Ghana teaching fellowship. His experience has been challenging yet impactful. This has helped him build his strengths and work on his weaknesses.
Though Richard’s interactions with his students are limited due to the closure of schools, his dedication hasn’t changed. If anything it has multiplied in folds. He delivers books to students and uses phone calls to discuss lessons. Other times he visits them on a one on one basis to discuss their lessons. He believes that education is the key to development and is determined to give his students an excellent foundation. When Richard is not checking up on his students, he is finishing up on his online courses and enhancing his knowledge for their benefit.
Richard is inspired by the kind nature of the people living in his community. As such, he is collaborating with other teachers to provide free masks to members of the community to help them observe all necessary precautions and keep safe.
What Richard loves best about being a teaching fellow is the team work, shared passion and resilience cultivated by himself and his colleagues. As a Lead for Ghana fellow, he’s constantly motivated by other teaching fellows; they leverage on each other’s knowledge and skills and help one another grow. This has improved his communication skills greatly. He has also become more understanding and open-minded about situations.
One thing that the Covid-19 has taught him in regards to education is the need for teachers to build stronger relationships with the parents of their students.
Richard draws inspiration from the testimonies of Lead for Ghana alumni and Mr. Kareem, a teacher who is dedicated to his profession and never misses class.
In a few years Richard hopes to finish his Masters degree, build connections while promoting gender equality and girl child education.
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