Kenyan Becomes First African To Win ‘Global Teacher Prize’

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A Kenyan Science teacher, Peter Tabichi on Sunday won the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, as recognition for turning lives around in a school with only one computer, poor internet and a student ratio of 58:1.

Winning a $1 million prize, Tabichi will also serve as a global ambassador for the Varkey Foundation, attending public events and speaking in public forums about improving the prestige of the teaching profession.

Jerry Bambi a journalist from Africanews who hosts the Morning Call, attended the live red carpet gala event in Dubai where all ten finalists for the prize were invited and the winner announced.

Bambi says Tabichi was called up to the stage, amidst loud chants of Kenya and Africa all over the auditorium.

Peter Tabichi story

Peter Tabichi is a Maths and Physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School, Pwani Village, Nakuru, Kenya, who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. 

Tabichi is a Franciscan monk, a member of the Catholic religious order founded by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.

36-year-old Tabichi started a talent nurturing club and expanded the school’s Science Club, helping pupils design research projects of such quality that 60% now qualify for national competitions.

Tabichi mentored his pupils through the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair 2018 – where students showcased a device they had invented to allow blind and deaf people to measure objects. 

Taabichi’s students came first nationally in the public schools category. The Mathematical Science team also qualified to participate at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 in Arizona, USA, for which they’re currently preparing. His students have also won an award from The Royal Society of Chemistry after harnessing local plant life to generate electricity.

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