Mr. Ben Darko is a teacher at the Manhean Methodist Basic School. Mr. Darko has been teaching for ten years, and currently teaches about two hundred students.
His childhood dream was to be a clinical psychologist in the future, but as providence would have it, he found himself in the training college after his SHS education. It was in there at the training college that he discovered his love for teaching and realised this was his call after all. Mr. Darko also had an interest in IT because he wanted to be a developer, it is his wish that in future, he can develop apps that will make the teaching and learning of STEM easier.
Mr. Darko chose to be an educator in STEM because he believes it makes both teacher and student broad minded and critical thinkers which in turn helps them in analysing and solving problems. He loves to teach science because of the practical nature of the subject. He believes that this makes it easy for students to understand and recall the concepts they have learnt and apply them in creative ways to solve everyday problems. This inspires Mr. Darko so much, knowing that he is making an impact on the students he teaches. He is a member of GAST and PEN – both STEM organisations. He acknowledges that by being a member of these organisations, he has gained so much knowledge on practical STEM through the workshops they organise.
Mr. Darko is very passionate about teaching, and does it to the best of his ability. For this reason, he was awarded as the best teacher by PEN for being able to involve more practical lessons in his teaching. Due to his efforts, his students are making an impact in society. This is the driving force of his passion and it is why he does everything in his power to make his students understand the principles and concepts he teaches.
Mr. Darko believes that the JUNEOS challenge is a platform to showcase and celebrate the creative works of students. He says that the challenge has made him learn that knowledge acquired must be implemented in order to create results. He also says that the challenge has made his lessons more practical, and his approach to teaching is now more results-oriented.
Article by Kofi Dzogbewu.
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.
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