Prosper Aklamati had to let go of his dream of becoming a lawyer at a young age. Being raised by a single parent, life was very challenging for Mr. Aklamati. After SHS, Mr. Aklamati got admission into the University of Science and Technology. Unfortunately, his mother could not raise the funds to pay for his admission, so he enrolled into the Training College and even though things were tough, he was able to graduate as a professional teacher.
Mr. Aklamati was offered science in SHS but the since the school lacked science teachers, he decided to change his program to General Arts because teachers were available for this program. However, Mr. Aklamati had always had a passion for science. Before he wanted to become a lawyer, he had wanted to become a medical doctor because he was physically challenged and wanted to help people with his condition. At the time he was completing his national service, the science teacher of the school resigned and the job was offered to him. He accepted it because of his passion for science.
The creativity and critical thinking displayed by his students when he gives them the opportunity to have their way with practical experiments inspires Mr. Aklamati. He opines that the challenge offered by experiments in STEM makes him and his students open minded and active. He likes the fact that he is challenged to think outside the box.
Mr. Aklamati is motivated when he sees evidence of the impact he is making on his students. His students are not the only ones who have noticed this impact, as Mr. Aklamati has received awards for his excellent teaching. He was awarded by GAST as the second runner up for best teacher. He joined GAST three years ago in order to help him improve on his teaching skills as well as help him understand difficult concepts through the annual conferences they organise.
Mr. Aklamati still sees himself as a teacher in the future, making a greater impact on students. He learns about experiments through research from books and the internet. Mr Aklamati is convinced that the JUNEOS Challenge will go a long way in improving the innovation and creativity of students. He believes that the challenge has influenced his teaching by making him conduct in-depth research before presentations, and this has helped him to improve on his ability to deliver efficiently. He says the challenge has also improved his teaching skills by making him include more practical lessons into the curriculum he uses.
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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. You can find more of his work on his blog and find him on all social media platforms with the name ‘Kofi Dzogbewu’ (@fdzogbewu).