Ibrahim Farahat Wonbie considers his mother as his childhood hero. Through all the tough times, she brought him hope and encouraged him to be a good person, and stood by him even when he was discouraged by others. It is not surprising that he initially wanted to become a nurse as his mother wanted, and he focused on attaining that dream until he discovered his love for teaching. “Teaching was my calling so I ended up diverting into the teaching field,” Ibrahim says. He enrolled at the N.J. Ahmadiyya Training College and since completing his studies, Mr. Wonbie has been teaching for the past four years. Presently, he has one hundred and ten students, who are all enrolled at the Gengenkpe RC JHS.
Ibrahim studied Agricultural Science in SHS. It was there he found an interest in STEM, and this interest in STEM has only grown since then. Mr. Ibrahim explains that STEM is practical and thought-provoking and this makes teaching and learning easier. He adds that STEM lessons are beneficial to both students and teachers because they are always interactive.
Ibrahim does not take his profession lightly at all, explaining that whenever he is teaching, he feels that he is doing the work of God. Therefore, he is fully dedicated to his students and remains well motivated as a teacher.
When he heard about the JUNEOS Challenge, Ibrahim set to work immediately and began acquiring the materials needed for the experiment. He explains the motivation behind their experiment: “I had already taught that topic in class but did not do any practical demonstration because of the unavailability of materials. So I decided to work on that experiment so that the students would get to know the practical aspect of what we treated in class.”
Ibrahim describes his participation in the JUNEOS challenge as a very important experience for him. He believes that he has since become more active and competent as an educator. The challenge has also improved his teaching practices as well. According to him, before the challenge they hardly did experiments in class but now he and his students take the initiative of acquiring materials for class experiments. Ibrahim hopes that the JUNEOS challenge will be conducted every term to make lessons easy and interesting.
When he is not teaching, or preparing for classes, Ibrahim does other things for leisure. He is a fan of the musician King Rap, and enjoys watching Newsfile on TV. At some time in the future, Ibrahim thinks that he will move into the farming.
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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