Peter Tabichi, Kenyon Science Teacher Wins $1 Million Global Teacher Award

A science teacher in Kenya, Mr. Tabichi won the 2019 prize as the world’s best teacher. Peter Tabichi donates most of his teaching earnings to the students he sees and teaches on a daily basis. At his school, the class sizes are overpopulated and there aren’t many textbooks to go around. Peter got to travel to Dubai to receive his award from a small part of Kenya called the Rift Valley.

Oddly enough, he said, “It’s not all about money”. Many of the students in the school come from families where they are orphaned or have lost a parent in the house. Mr. Tabichi gives away 80% of his pay to the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in the Pwani Village, Nakuru to the learners who would not be able to afford uniforms or books on their own. Peter said, “As a teacher working on the front line I have seen the promise of its young people – their curiosity, talent, their intelligence, their belief”.

“Africa’s young people will no longer be held back by low expectations. Africa will produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world. And girls will be a huge part of this story.”

The Varkey Foundation holds the competition yearly, with this receiving nominations from 10,000 people from 179 countries.

Due to Mr. Tabichi’s support, care, and attention, his students have been successfully competed in national and international science cases, receiving an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.

The judges from the Varkey Foundation said that his work with the school has “dramatically improved his the students’ achievement level and overall satisfaction”, with many more now prepared to go on to study at the college or university level, in spite of the school lacking the needed resources to push them to the next level.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the award said that he hopes Peter’s story “will continue to inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over Kenya and throughout the world every day.”

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