A physics and maths teacher of Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School which is located in a remote village, Pwani in Kenya’s Rift Valley won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019. On Saturday, a ceremony was held in Dubai by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman where the teacher Peter Tabichi was given the award.
Organizers said that the great teacher used to donate 80 percent of his monthly income to the poor students. In one of his statements, Tabichi said, “Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter… This prize does not recognise me but recognizes this great continent’s 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 winning the competition defeating nine finalists from around the world.
The event was organized by Dubai-based Varkey Foundation. The foundation while giving the prize praised the dedication and hard work of Tabichi saying “dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students’ talent”.
The organization said in a statement, “has led his poorly-resource school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions”.
The 36-year-old teacher, Tabichi teaches in a secondary school where “Drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, dropping out early from school, young marriages and suicide are common.”
Drought and famine also frequently occurs there and 95 percent of the school’s 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.
Some students have to walk seven kilometers along roads which becomes impossible during the rainy season. 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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