Mr. Evans Akumeh describes himself as someone who is passionate about his teaching. A teacher at Hohoe Newtown MA JHS, he has been in the profession for the past eight years and currently has over one hundred students.
Mr. Akumeh’s childhood dream had always been to impact the lives of the younger generation. After his JHS education, Mr. Akumeh had the opportunity to enter into Bishop Herman SHS at Kpando. There his passion for teaching grew. He used to teach his mates at school as well as hiss juniors during vacations from school.
Sadly, after SHS, there were no funds for him to continue to the University. Mr. Akumeh had to stay home for a year. But he did not let this get him down, as he made good use of the time by teaching some students at home. It was gratifying to him when the students did very well in their examinations. To him, this was a confirmation that teaching was the profession he was supposed to follow. He subsequently attended to St. Francis College of Education, and graduated as a professional teacher.
The life of Nicholas Tesla has always fascinated Mr. Akumeh. After reading about Tesla’s inventions, he was inspired to take science in High school. He went on to read science and mathematics in the university too, giving him greater command over the subject.
Mr Akumeh also loves to teach S.T.E.M. because it is practical and therefore allows his students to be a part of the teaching and learning process. It also gives his students the opportunity to bring their creative ideas into the classroom and laboratory.
One of Mr Akumeh’s most inspiring experiences was when he challenged one of his students to get grade ‘1’ in all his exams. The student rose to the challenge and had 8 A’s in the WASSCE. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Mr Akumeh feels fulfilled and inspired any time this student comes home on vacation and pays a visit.
Mr Akumeh believes that it is a great privilege to be a STEM educator, because it gives him the opportunity to join in the effort of making Ghana develop through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He also believes that STEM offers the ordinary Ghanaian child the opportunity to be part of this development and nation building. In the future, Mr. Akumeh hopes to teach at a higher level of education.
Mr. Akumeh believes that the JUNEOS challenge is a great opportunity to make students apply their minds to scientific concepts. He says the challenge has influenced his teaching too, in the sense that he has learned to be more practical in his teaching than before.
And of course, he hopes the JUNEOS Challenge has come to stay.
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Kofi Dzogbewu is a Ghanaian storyteller. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature from the University of Ghana. He is an alumnus of the Mo Issa Writing Workshops. You can find more of his work on his blog and find him on all social media platforms with the name ‘Kofi Dzogbewu’ (@fdzogbewu).