My name is Elvis Kuudamnuru, I am 29 years old and I am teaching social science and moral and ethical classes at Virgo Preparatory Junior high school in Accra. Although I come from a teacher family from the north western region of Ghana, I had never planned to become a teacher

My own educational career was quite varied. Some of it was in a simple “mud school” in the village of Nandom in the upper West Region where, as the youngest children, we had to lie on the sand in the classroom, as there was no furniture. We practiced reading and writing lying on our bellies! But some of my childhood and teenage years I spent with my aunt in a bigger town where the school had more facilities, books and tables.

Because of my good grades I made it to senior high school, and after that I had some training in accounting and various other courses, while also working in very practical jobs, like being the cashier in a drink shop. After moving to Accra and living with my uncle here, becoming a teacher actually was the chance for me to get a proper job. But what started as a necessity has now become a joy to me as I actually like it a lot to be a teacher….apart from the salary, which is really very low here in Ghana!

I have actually never used a computer, I just didn’t like it. But when I see our junior high students work with the desktops in this class I tell myself: “if they can do it at their age, I should be able to do it as well. After all, computers have the future”. So I really enjoy being in this training. And as I am currently sharing a house with someone who owns a computer, I am able to practice at home all things I have learned. I have even opened an email account that is running on my smartphone.

What we aim to achieve

It is our ambition to launch training programmes in the metropolitan cities of West-Africa. Each year we will offer a 6 month programme for young graduates in computer science to get them ready for the international job market. At the same time, we offer a learning transformation programmes for West-African high schools, helping them to introduce their students to 21st skills including digital literacy.

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