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Hear Me Out – I am a Teacher

It was a warm, dusty morning in the sleepy village of Akurase when I first stepped through the gates of Akurase Junior High School, eager to begin my teaching career. As a fresh graduate, I had heard the stories – the challenges, the frustrations, the heartbreak that often came with being an educator in rural Ghana. But nothing could have prepared me for the reality I was about to face.

On my first day, I was greeted by a classroom that felt more like a relic from a bygone era than a place of learning. Broken desks, tattered textbooks, and a chalkboard that had seen better days – this was the canvas upon which I was expected to paint the future of these young minds.

Undaunted, I plunged headfirst into my role, determined to make the best of the situation. I spent hours meticulously planning my lessons, pouring over the sparse resources available to me, and trying to ignite a spark of curiosity in the eyes of my students. But as the days turned into weeks, the obstacles began to pile up, and my enthusiasm slowly started to wane.

The lack of basic teaching materials was a constant thorn in my side. No chalk, no markers, no visual aids – how was I supposed to engage these students when I couldn’t even write on the board? And the unreliable power supply meant that any hopes of incorporating technology into my lessons were quickly dashed. I found myself resorting to age-old teaching methods, relying on my voice and my wits to keep the students engaged.

But the true test came when I realized that none of my students had access to textbooks. Imagine trying to teach algebra without any reference material, or history without a single book to accompany the lessons. It was a Herculean task, and one that left me feeling utterly helpless.

As I struggled to maintain the delicate balance between meeting the curriculum requirements and ensuring my students’ understanding, I couldn’t help but feel a growing sense of isolation. Where were the support systems, the mentorship programs, the professional development opportunities that I had been promised as a new teacher? The answer, it seemed, was nowhere to be found.

I’ll never forget the day when one of my students, a bright-eyed girl named Ama, approached me after class, her face etched with concern. “Sir,” she said, “how are we supposed to learn if we don’t have the tools we need?” In that moment, I realized that my battle was not just for my own survival, but for the future of these young people who were counting on me to guide them.

And so, I persevered. I scoured the community for any resources I could find, begging, borrowing, and scrounging to piece together a makeshift curriculum. I stayed late into the night, poring over lesson plans and searching for creative ways to engage my students. And slowly, ever so slowly, I began to see the fruits of my labor.

The students’ faces would light up as I brought in improvised teaching aids, and their curiosity was piqued as we explored concepts in unconventional ways. I witnessed the thrill of understanding dawning in their eyes, and it fueled my determination to keep pushing forward.

But the reality is, I shouldn’t have to fight this battle alone. As a teacher, I am the frontline soldier in the war against educational inequality, and I need the support and resources to effectively wage that war. It’s time for the powers that be to listen to the cries of teachers like me, who are pouring our hearts and souls into shaping the next generation, despite the odds.

So, hear me out – I am a teacher, and I am here to fight for the future of our children. With the right tools, the right support, and the right mindset, we can transform the landscape of education in Ghana, one classroom at a time. All we need is a chance to be heard.

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2 thoughts on “Hear Me Out – I am a Teacher”

  1. Ebenezer Owusu Kwarteng

    How I feel sad reading this post as it reflects the sad reality of our Educational system but has also inspired me to do my best no matter the obstacles… Thank you for such a piece.


    The reality hits hard! The situation in rural areas, mostly, is dire. If only the powers that can order in support could feel and understand the urgency…if only.

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