Kenya’s science teacher Peter Tabchi has received the ‘Global Teacher Award 2019’ and he also got a prize money of around Rs 7 crore. For this, 10,000 teachers from 179 countries had applied. More than 90% of the talukas are from poor families and 80% of their monthly salary donates for the education of poor children.
On winning the prize, Tabichi said;
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
Peter Tabichi (born 1982) is a Kenyan science teacher at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. He won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.
Tabichi was born in rural Kenya. He said he was inspired to become a teacher because of his family, “I admired the impact they had in the society, and wanted to better their script”. He started his teaching career in a private school.
Tabichi is a Franciscan friar. He joined the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in 2016. The school is a semi-arid village in Pwani Province, a region impacted by famine and drought. Tabichi donates 80 % of his salary to suppor Supports in the Pwani Village.
The school population is made up of seven different tribes, with around 95 % of students living in poverty and one third live with only one parent. Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School only has one computer, intermittent access to the internet and a student-teacher ratio of 58:1.
Tabichi launched the Talent Nurturing Club, which has dramatically improved attendance. He also established a peace club, uniting representatives who have been involved with violence. He engages with local communities; teaching residents how to grow crops that can resist famine.
Tabichi and his students work on renewable energy and devices which can support people with disabilities. Under Tabichi’s influence, his students have reached the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. In only a couple of years, Tabhichi has doubled the number of students attending university.
In 2019 Tabichi was awarded the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. The award receives over 10,000 nominations. Tabihci travelled on an aeroplane for the first time to collect the prize in Dubai. He was presented the prize from Hugh Jackman, and congratulated by Uhuru Kenyatta:
“Peter – your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent. Your students have shown that they can compete amongst the best in the world in science, technology and all fields of human endeavour.”