Discover GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: OSMAN YAKUBU, Tamale #GH4STEM

Mr. Osman Yakubu has been teaching for the past 14 years. He currently teaches about four hundred students at the Tamale Main S.D.A JHS. He enjoys watching the news on TV. Earlier in life, Mr. Yakubu had wanted to be a medical doctor but financial and family issues didn’t allow him to fulfill this dream. Later on due to his admiration for Prof. Francis K. Allotey, he decided that he would become a mathematician. After completing his high school education, his uncle advised him to enroll in teacher training school which he did. He taught at the Primary and Junior High School level before he continued to the university where he studied BSc. Biological Science.

Mr. Yakubu’s love for science is reflected in his study of science at all levels of education: SHS, Training College and University. He explains that, he improves and enhances his knowledge in STEM through research via Google, YouTube and in discussions with others.

He explains that “Studying nature and why things happen in our natural environment inspires me as a STEM educator.” Mr. Yakubu enjoys teaching STEM because of the process of brainstorming where he and his students find solutions to challenging phenomena. This helps them to acquire and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Although Mr. Yakubu admits that he is also motivated by his salary, what motivates him most is the continuous acknowledgement and appreciation he receives from students regarding the impact he has made in their lives.

Mr. Yakubu says that one of  the benefits of being an educator is that he feels important because he contributes to the development of the nation by teaching the future generation. He loves being a STEM educator because of his ability to identify the learning challenges of each of his students and treating each of them differently so they can understand/overcome these challenges.

His participation in the JUNEOS Challenge has made him focus on making his lessons practical because he’s realized that it is the most effective way of teaching. This method of teaching has also aroused the interest of his students and they are willing to pursue studies in science. This makes Mr. Yakubu very happy.

Mr. Yakubu hopes that JUNEOS gets more teachers to participate in the challenge and also organizes more workshops to train teachers. He adds that “They could support science teachers to pursue science to higher levels as well as supporting schools with resources to improve practical learning.”

Mr. Yakubu says that he would not hesitate to participate in the JUNEOS Challenge again because it is an avenue to share ideas and acquire knowledge in science. Additionally, it  gives teachers information on how to use diverse approaches to teach students in the classroom.

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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 

7 comments on “Discover GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: OSMAN YAKUBU, Tamale #GH4STEM

  1. Yakubu Abdul-Majeed

    This is beautiful. I know this gentleman and the stuff he’s made of. I would just put the nickname aside Lol and say kudos and keep it up.

  2. Musah

    I will say I am lucky to pass through this great and innovative man. May his dreams come through..

  3. Salifu Ikmatu

    I sat in the same class with him during SSS. And he never left his problems unsolved in class.
    Well done.

  4. Zaapayim.

    Mr. Osman is an amazing teacher! Even before he became a professional teacher, he taught us at OLA JHS and there was no difference between his delivery and our professionally trained teachers. For me, he is born to impact knowledge. He couldn’t have done anything better; this is far from saying that he cannot shine in any field, knowing how dynamic he is. But I just seek to say that his impact in the classroom is really telling. Currently, I am studying for masters abroad and he is one of the reasons my fit in education today. He inspired and speared us on. Mr. Osaman, we are highly indebted to you and I believe, you know this. This is an opportunity to say a very well intent thanks to you SIR. Keep Shining and touching lives.

  5. Bawa Halidu

    Congratulations Osman,my good friend. Sad though family and financial challenges didn’t allow you achieve your childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor, you have contributed your widow’s might to impact society positively.
    May you keep soaring bro.
    Cheers and best wishes…

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