Meet the Ghanaian teacher shortlisted for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2018
In all seven African teachers were shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018
Now in its fourth year, the US$1 million award is the largest prize of its kind.
In all seven African teachers were shortlisted with just one Ghanaian making the cut. Sitsofe Enyonam Anku is his name.
Who is he?
Professor Sitsophe Anku is a nationally and internationally-renowned maths expert and educator. He promotes practical mathematics as a way to overcome the fear of mathematics and help students appreciate its real life applications. He believes that mathematics is fundamental to studying and understanding all subjects – and that everyone can do it.
He set up the Meagasa Mathematics Academy in his own home to support children aged between 6 and 18 in mathematics. He also founded the Ghana Mathematics Society, a non-profit advocacy society to promote the study of mathematics.
His teaching programmes have helped students to find enjoyment and excitement in mathematics. Some who had hated or feared mathematics have gone on to study engineering, science and other mathematics-related programmes. His methods help students to express themselves confidently, communicate their ideas and justify them mathematically. They also learn to work well within teams and have respect for each other’s opinions.
His teaching methodologies are currently being used in classrooms across Ghana and in other parts of the world. He has also helped to introduce mathematics clubs and camps across Ghana. His book, “Mathematics Everywhere”, and national tour, supported by Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, have brought practical mathematics to thousands of people. His work has been published in and covered by national and international media.
Ayodele Odeogbola, and Ogun, Itodo Anthony, from Nigeria, Marjirie Brown and Wendy Horn from South Africa, Catherine Nakabugo from Uganda and Abdikadir Ismail from Kenya also made it to the shortlist.
The seven Africans were selected from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world, Forbes reports.
The Global Teacher Prize was set up by the Varkey Foundation to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers’ play in society.
By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.
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