Presenting GH4STEM 100 Top Teacher: ANASS DAHAMANI, Accra #GH4STEM

Anass Dahamani is a teacher at Galaxy International School. Influenced by his childhood heroes, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, and their contributions to the field of science, Mr. Anass Dahamani harboured an early passion to become a scientist. This passion stayed with him throughout his Junior High School (JHS) years in Ghana Secondary School, Tamale. His excellence in school got him a scholarship to further his education in Turkey, where he studied and was awarded a degree in Chemistry and International Relations.

You would think a scientist like Mr. Dahamani would have no interest in any other field, but he loves football and is impressed by Asamoah Gyan’s football prowess and his contribution to the Ghanaian economy.

Mr Dahamani’s curiosity about nature and how things function drove him to the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He is inspired by the discovery of vaccines for diseases and the fact that the survival of humans depends on the field he loves.

Mr. Dahamani’s motivation in his profession is to discover something unique that will be of tremendous help to humanity, and be able to pass this knowledge on to people. This is the reason he became an educator in the field of STEM. Another reason is that he will get to explore the universe and what it entails. To Mr Dahamani, life comes with several pleasures, and one of them is when his students understand the things that he has taught them. This is what he loves best about teaching STEM.

It is with much excitement as Mr Dahamani recalls how he has been able to inspire most of his students to pursue science related careers in future, in his two years as an educator of about five hundred students.

Mr Dahamani believes that the excessive teaching of the theory of STEM-related subjects is a problem in Ghanaian schools. He believes that practical knowledge of STEM will go a long way to ignite the creativity of students and people in Ghana as a whole.

It was a dream come true when his school called on him to coordinate students for the JUNEOS challenge. His students were also very excited about the upcoming project. Their curiosity to conduct new experiments made them commit fully to the challenge. Mr Dahamani says by participating in the challenge, he has realised that he can use techniques in teaching that reveal the students’ creativity by making them think critically.

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.