Abubakari Amadu has been teaching for the past ten years. As of 2019, his students were about one hundred and twenty. Abubakari is a versatile teacher. He was an English and Mathematics examiner for the Ghana Airport Training School and has also taught science and BDT. He was transferred to Services Basic school to help them improve their academic standard due to his sterling teaching record and experience.
Abubakari remembers one of his teachers, Mr. Prince Amoako who always taught without referring to a book. Sometimes he would sit by the window and watch him in awe. This was an inspiration for him: he too as a young boy used to gather his mates and teach them topics which they didn’t understand. It’s therefore no surprise that he grew to become an excellent teacher.
He explains that while growing up he loved research and finding out how things worked. His choice of science as a subject of study in senior high school was a matter of course.
As an educator, Abubakari is inspired when he is able to help others to become their best selves. He loves teaching STEM because the methods he uses makes it easy for his students to understand what he is teaching. He is constantly exposed to new things and he gets to teach students in various schools. Abubakari believes in solving problems and not creating them. That’s what motivates him to teach — to help his students find solutions to societal problems. For example, in 2007, he extracted gas from cow dung, and there was another time when he made a demonstration of osmosis in a project, which went on to win the first prize in a competition.
In 2012 he was awarded best Science and Mathematics teacher in the metropolis. Abubakari is currently a mentor in the UEW mentor conference.
A colleague science coordinator introduced Abubakari to the JUNEOS Challenge. Accepting the challenge, Abubakari and his students prepared intensively prepared an experiment on matter. He is glad to have experienced the JUNEOS challenge because it gave him the chance to share his ideas and talents as an educator.
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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 obolokofi.wordpress.com