Kenya teacher Peter Tabichi crowned world’s best teacher, wins $1m

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A Kenyan mathematics and physics teacher, Peter Tabichi has been crowned the best teacher in the world after he won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize  with a $1m cash prize on Sunday the 24th of March 2019.

Mr Peter Tabichi,  teaches math and physic at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village in Nakuru, in Kenya. Mr Peter graduated from Egerton University and been in the teaching business for over 12 years.

During a call up interview he had with The Nation, the teacher said:

“It is unbelievable. I owe it all to God. I am very grateful to the almighty God,’’

Peter Tabichi, who usually give away 80 percent of his salary to support poor students, received a cash prize of $1m at the ceremony o in Dubai, hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman.
While receiving the award he said:
“Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter … This prize does not recognise me but recognises this great continents young people. I am only here because of what my students have achieved,”

“This prize gives them a chance. It tells the world that they can do anything,” he added after beating nine finalists from around the world to claim the award.

The Dubai-based Varkey Foundation, which organised the event and handed out the prize for the fifth time, praised Tabichis “dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students talent”.

All this combined, it said in a statement,

“has led his poorly-resource school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the countrys best schools in national science competitions”.

Around 95 percent of the schools pupils “hail from poor families, almost a third are orphans or have only one parent, and many go without food at home,” the statement added.

“Drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, dropping out early from school, young marriages and suicide are common,” the statement read.

To get to school, some students have to walk 7km along roads that become impassable during the rainy season.

The school, with a student-teacher ratio of 58 to 1, has only one desktop computer for the pupils and poor internet, but despite that Tabichi “uses ICT in 80 percent of his lessons to engage students”, the foundation said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Tabichi in a video message, saying “your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent”.


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