Discover GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: CHRISTOPHER TAWIAH (Shama- Kedzi, Western Region) #GH4STEM

Christopher Tawiah has been teaching for the past four years and teaches a total of about one hundred and sixty students. He loves football, and is a huge fan of Sergio Ramos, but this is also due to the footballer’s good leadership style and his charitable work with children. In fact, Christopher grew up with dreams of becoming a football star.

While in school, Christopher was deeply involved in sports, competing in events such as the Milo games. He always made sure that his academic life didn’t suffer due to his focus on his football passion. Eventually when he entered senior high school, he had to make the hard choice of choosing between football and his academic work.

Christopher explains that being a STEM educator has exposed him to practical methods which he used in teaching. The new curriculum encourages participation from the students, and the students engage in practical work and the teachers act as facilitators. Christopher loves this format. In general, what Christopher enjoys most about teaching science is that it helps him to clear any misconceptions that his students may have about science. Thus, he motivates them to select to study science as they progress in their studies. He improves his STEM knowledge by participating in workshops and seeking assistance from other educators. 

“My inner love and conviction motivates me in my profession,” Christopher says. He believes that being a STEM educator adds value to his life, and also enables him to provide answers to people who come to him with questions about things they do not understand. 

Christopher is most inspired whenever he is invited to teach students in private school, because it confirms that he is a good teacher and his services are in demand.

He heard about the JUNEOS Challenge from his headmaster, and immediately started to prepare his students. He was encouraged to participate in the JUNEOS Challenge because his students had been engaging in practical lessons without fully understanding the scientific principles of the experiments. He felt that the JUNEOS Challenge would be the right opportunity to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge while learning. Christopher has benefited from the challenge because he has learnt that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom, and that he can take advantage of all opportunities to teach his students. He hopes that more schools get to participate in the Challenge.

In the future, Christopher hopes that the students who have participated in the JUNEOS Challenge will end up developing new technologies through their creativity. 

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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, Tampered Press and the Kalahari Review. He blogs at