Enoch Don-Arthur has been teaching for the past three years, taking a hundred and fifty students a year at the Osaebo LA Junior High School. He enjoys his job as a STEM educator and is motivated by the idea that one way or the other, humans should be a cause of change to make an impact in their society. Teaching is one way to make an impact and teaching STEM, which controls today’s world, is one of the most powerful tools. This is what led him to consider teaching rather than pursuing a career in banking. For Mr. Arthur, there could be no better profession.
When he isn’t teaching, he spends his time watching STEM-related programs, especially the National Science and Math Quiz. He also listens to Bernard Avle on Citi FM a lot as he considers him his favorite Ghanaian personality.
Enoch is a member of the Exploratory Club, an organization that seeks to make students appreciate STEM. Using textbooks and the internet, he continues to read and research on STEM to make his teaching more effective and enjoyable for his students. His biggest inspiration occurs when his students show what they have achieved from studying STEM.
After finding out about the JUNEOS challenge through the STEM club meeting, Enoch bought into the idea and started to prepare his students for the competition. The students were also very excited by the thought of participating in the Challenge. For Enoch, going through the Challenge has made him more practical in his teaching and has also stirred up interest in his students.
The JUNEOS challenge also presented an opportunity for his students to see all the theory they had studied come to life, which was very exciting for them. The highlight for Enoch during the challenge was seeing his students interact with science in a more practical way, take charge of their experiment and enjoy the spotlight during filming.
Mr. Arthur would definitely like to join the Challenge again and gain more training as a STEM educator. He would love to have the JUNEOS initiative help establish science studios in the schools where materials would be available for practical use. He also feels the Challenge should be made more public and interactive so that students could learn from each other.
One shortcoming of the Challenge was the fact that both teachers and students did not know how intense the program will become. Enoch thinks that it would be useful to have an idea about the details of the program ahead of time.
Enoch Don-Arthur believes that the JUNEOS Challenge is a great way to change the perception that teachers and students have about STEM, and also help diversify teaching methods.
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Article by Elizabeth Johnson.
Elizabeth Johnson works as a researcher and project manager with Dr Monk and volunteers the rest of her time with the Writers Project of Ghana where she takes up various roles such as radio show production, social media management and administrator for their annual literary festival. She is a published writer who writes both fiction and non fiction and has won awards for her work.