Mr John Yeboah is a teacher in Falsyd Foundation School. He has been teaching for two years now and teaches a class of thirty-four students. In his childhood, Mr Yeboah was fascinated by the story of Galileo Galilei, Italian scientist and philosopher who developed the first telescope. Mr Yeboah’s dream was to become a pilot and engineer.
John studied Chemistry in University, and applied for a teaching job after graduating. Interestingly, John was already quite familiar with this school, since he worked there even before going to university. It was a natural choice for him to go back to the school to teach since he really loved the craft of imparting knowledge.
Mr Yeboah enjoys the end results of the practical lessons he gives in class. According to him, he always wants his students to understand whatever practical lesson he gives in class, not only to pass their examinations, but also as a skill for life.
As a STEM educator, Mr Yeboah is inspired by the fact that he’s been able to create some functioning projects through his profession. In addition, his students’ are able to repair faulty electrical gadgets in the school due to his training.
Speaking about his most positive experience as a STEM educator, Mr Yeboah says it is the ability of the students to learn and create functional devices on their own. They deliver perfectly under a little guidance and supervision. Some of the students have been able to create devices that their parents use at home.
Mr Yeboah hopes to continue his education to the PhD level so that he can have a greater impact on his students and also contribute more to STEM. He believes that to succeed as a nation, Ghanaian students at the basic level need to develop their capabilities in STEM and build their interest in taking up science related careers. He says this will create critical thinkers, inventors and increase science literacy in the country.
Mr Yeboah believes that the JUNEOS challenge will boost the interest and creativity of students. He notes that the JUNEOS challenge has influenced science teachers to be more practical in their lessons, and is of the view that in the twenty-first century, STEM education is needed for the country’s success. He suggests that basic schools should adopt STEM in their curricula in order to develop students’ interest in becoming scientists.
Article by kofi Dzogbewu.
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Kofi Dzogbewu is a Ghanaian storyteller. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature from the University of Ghana. He works with words in many forms including non-fiction, fiction, drama, and poetry. He is an alumnus of the Mo Issa Writing Workshops. You can find more of his work on his blog.