Mr. Ibrahim Seidu Yabre has been teaching for the past sixteen years and currently has about one hundred and seventy students. Growing up, he wanted to become a mechanic. However during his time at Senior High School, he changed his mind and wanted to become a researcher.
Mr. Yabre is now an educator and is excited when his students find out that they are able to use various scientific principles to demonstrate their knowledge. The creative and innovative nature of science makes Mr. Yabre love teaching it. Using practical examples in teaching brings out the best in students. Mr. Yabre describes his students as brilliant because they conduct their own research on the topics they learn in class. He is motivated by the positive attitudes of his students and by the fact that in the future these students will become useful members of the society.
Mr. Yabre explains that teaching STEM has boosted his confidence and he is focused on teaching methods that make his students have a clear understanding of the subject. The availability of various teaching and learning materials combined with the zeal of his students makes his work easier for him. As a STEM educator when he meets various occurrences or concepts he is able to explain it using science and he says this helps others as well.
Mr. Yabre’s most positive experience as an educator was when he was recognized for his efforts by his school. He has also been recognized by the Association of Private Schools and has been nominated for the Youth Educator & Leadership awards.
Mr. Yabre has been influenced positively after participating in the JUNEOS Challenge. He says, ”Being recognized by this organization (JUNEOS) is an encouragement to work harder.” On the part of his students, it has boosted their morale and many of them seek to further their education in science. For his colleague teachers, he sees a positive change in their teaching and learning practices.
Mr. Yabre wouldn’t hesitate to participate in the JUNEOS challenge again because he sees it as a platform that gives his students the opportunity to exhibit the knowledge they have acquired for the benefit of others.
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 obolokofi.wordpress.com