Patricia Akuoko has always wanted to be a teacher. She loves teaching and anticipates that she will still be in the profession over the next decade. She really admires her mother, who had always had such a positive influence on her. Her mother was also a teacher and served as an inspiration to many others as well.
Patricia is from Bekwai. She completed primary and secondary education in Kumasi and finished her tertiary education in the Brong Ahafo region. She has been teaching for two years now and handles a class of about forty-five students.
At a point in her educational progress Patricia considered nursing as a profession but finally settled on teaching. One reason why she chose teaching was because her sister was already a nurse. She explains: “We decided to be in different sectors in order to help our society.”
Patricia Akuoko understands that science is a part of our everyday life and loves teaching her students about scientific concepts. She explains that because the subject is practical, it is easy to impart knowledge to her students, and she knows that they will have a positive impact on society. She describes her students as very inquisitive. “They love asking practical questions,” she says. This motivates her to enhance her knowledge in STEM, mostly by watching videos online, in order to answer any questions that her students may have.
Patricia heard about the JUNEOS challenge on TV. Later, her head teacher informed her that their school would be participating in the Challenge. She chose a practical experiment that could benefit her students as well as the general public: water purification to make water safe for drinking. Subsequently, she and her colleague teacher worked to prepare the students for the competition.
Participating in the JUNEOS Challenge has also taught Patricia to focus on the practical aspects of science when teaching. Best of all, she says that the challenge has boosted the confidence of her students.
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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