Mrs Justina Nchur is a teacher at Bethel AME Zion JHS, Ashiaman in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. She has been teaching for eighteen years now. She currently teaches about eighty students in her school.
Mrs Nchur’s childhood hero was a man who used to travel from a different town to take care of the sick people in her community. This made her develop an interest in becoming a medical doctor. She recalls that one time when this doctor took care of a sickle cell patient who had been shunned by her family because they thought she had been possessed by evil spirits. Fast forward several years, and now the girl is strong and even working as a police officer. Thus for Justina, being a medical doctor was a worthy profession. However, as time passed, she also developed an interest in education and decided to make a profession out of it, just as her father had done.
She read science in SHS and continued to St. John Bosco Training College in 1999. Upon completion, she taught for three years and returned to school for further studies at the University of Development Studies. She taught science in Bolgatanga Senior High School and West Africa Senior High School.
Mrs Nchur’s inspiration as a STEM educator is sparked from the fact that science is all about our daily lives and also because science enables her analyze things objectively. She also likes teaching science because the practical aspect of the subject makes her students understand every concept she teaches and she has found that it also improves on their creative skills.
Her motivation stems from the impact she makes on students. When her students understand the lesson, and apply whatever she teaches, she feels very motivated. She is driven by the fact that science and technology has made the world more comfortable to live in.
Mrs Nchur plans to further her education in the future, so that she can have a greater impact on her students and be a driving force in innovation and technology in Ghana.
She is most proud about a time at Bolgatanga Senior High where she took up the challenge of providing practical lessons to the final year students. Her efforts led to her students passing their exams on the subject with outstanding grades. She was very enthused and inspired by that event.
Mrs Nchur sees the JUNEOS Challenge as a means of celebrating the efforts of science students. She believes that the interest of the students in learning science will be boosted through the challenge. She also says that even though she used to teach practical lessons, the challenge has influenced her to do more practical work than before. She believes that in the long run this will create a fertile environment for producing inventors and critical thinkers in the country.
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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