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SAKARA SALIA

KANVILLI RC SCHOOL COMPLEX TAMALE

A Lifetime Commitment To Teaching Science

”Science is such that it has to do with everyday life and it can do much for the country…” — 

Sakara Salia

Mr. Sakara Salia has been teaching for thirty-three years. Currently, he teaches a class of thirty five students. Mr. Salia comes from a family of twenty five. He resides in Tamale and teaches at the Kanvilli RC School Complex. Mr. Sakara has always wanted to be someone who trains children and today he has achieved that dream.

He always wanted to be a teacher, following in the footsteps of his father who was also an educator. He started school at Sakasaka Experimental and the impressive teaching of his teachers fed his love for teaching. After attending secondary school at GHANASCO, His dad encouraged him to go to training college in order to achieve his dream. He enrolled in Bagabaga training college and was posted to a school in 1986.

Mr. Sakara Salia believes that science is apparent in our everyday lives and can help develop the country. “We should be serious with science such that we will churn out people who will be meaningful and come out to produce [technology] to make our nation a better place.”

Mr. Sakara draws inspiration from training students by taking them through practical concepts. What he enjoys most about teaching STEM is how his students are involved in the lessons. The joy of imparting knowledge to students keeps him motivated in his profession. As a teacher who will be retiring soon, he is gratified when he watches the batch he has taught leaves, and a new one arrives.

When he was informed of the JUNEOS Challenge, he went through the syllabus to find a catchy topic. Eventually, he and his students settled on the periscope for their experiment. Mr. Sakara’s students focused on demonstrating of the reflection of light using a periscope. 

Through his participation in the JUNEOS challenge, Mr. Sakara’s teaching has gained a more practical aspect, which has made his students more attentive to his lessons. As a result of this, they are able to  demonstrate what they learn and understand the material very well. Mr. Sakara Salia explains that this helps them to become people who pay attention to detail in real life.

Mr. Sakara Salia involves himself in STEM communities. He has been a member of BSTEM for 2 years and is also a member of the Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST). This gives him the opportunity to enhance his knowledge and skills and to also receive assistance anytime he encounters problems during teaching in class.

Mr. Sakara would like to encourage his colleagues in other schools to participate in the JUNEOS Challenge because it will improve their teaching skills and enhance the knowledge of their students.

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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 

 

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Mrs Selase Dorledzi is a teacher at Zenu KKMA JHS, Ashiaman, Greater Accra. She has been teaching for about eighteen years. The number of students she handles now is about three hundred and fifty students.

Mrs Dorledzi’s childhood was touched by one of her English teachers, who inspired her because of her outlook and the manner in which she presented her lessons. This influenced Mrs Dorledzi and made her want to become a teacher. Since her father owned a school, her parents were very supportive and encouraged her towards achieving her dream of being a teacher. Teaching comes naturally to Mrs Dorledzi, and the fact that she does it well was made plain when in 2016 she was awarded best teacher in her district.

Mrs Dorledzi developed a passion for science at an early age. She wanted to be a science teacher to help clear the misconception people have about science. She also studied Agricultural Science at the SHS level because of her love of flowers.

Mrs Dorledzi loves to teach science because the subject is interesting and when taught with a practical component, it brings out the creativity in students. According to her, students used to shy away from science, but since they started using locally made materials in teaching practicals and performing experiments, many students now see science as a friendly course.

This really inspires Mrs Dorledzi because it makes students love the learning of science when they realise that it is basically about the things around us. She also loves the experience of performing experiments and seeing her students understand every concept and principle, thereby equipping them to perform practical lessons themselves.

Mrs Dorledzi is highly motivated by the impact she makes on her students and in society as a whole. Seeing the students she has taught growing up to be responsible people at higher positions and their recognition of the part she played in their success stories keeps her motivated as a teacher.

She is a member of the Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) and also a member of the Practical Educational Network (PEN), both of which are STEM organisations. She associated herself with these organisations to learn from her colleague teachers about the positive impact they were having on their students.

Mrs Dorledzi says that through the JUNEOS challenge she has learned that as a teacher, you need to put your facts together and make sure your facts are ‘factual’, because science deals with facts.

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).

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BloggingGhana

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Project Coordinator

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BloggingGhana’s Election project, Ghana Decides 2.0: The VOICES Campaign.  The project seeks to promote youth and marginalized voices towards a peaceful, credible, issue-based and inclusive elections.

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BloggingGhana’s Election project, Ghana Decides 2.0: The VOICES Campaign.  The project seeks to promote youth and marginalized voices towards a peaceful, credible, issue-based and inclusive elections.

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The Ghana Decides Lead and the Social Media Team Lead.

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#HowToBlogSeries FinalIs  “Start a blog” on your 2016 to-do list? Do you have a vision for your blog, but no idea how or where to begin? Are you simply curious about blogging?

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  • An overview on what to consider before taking the plunge
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