It was a joyful moment for Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi who scooped the Global Teacher Prize for 2019. He walked away with a total of USD$1 million, which is equivalent to Sh100 million.
He was announced the winner at a ceremony held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On stage, movie start Hugh Jackman announced that Peter Tabichi was the winner, and the ceremony was graced by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Tabichi is a Maths and Physics teacher from Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, Nakuru County.
His deep desire to help others and make his community a better one made him get the award. He gives 80% of his teaching salary to local community projects. These projects hinge on education, sustainable agriculture and peace-building.
"From teaching in remote towns and villages to inner-city schools, they advocate for inclusivity and for child rights, integrate migrants into the classrooms, and nurture their students' abilities and confidence using music, technology, robotics and science. Peter has dedicated his life to helping others," the Varkey Foundation said.
It added, "He's changed the lives of his students in many ways, including the introduction of science clubs and the promotion of peace between different ethnic groups and religions."
The Varkey Foundation is a a global charitable foundation focused on improving the standards of education for underprivileged children.
His deep commitment to make the world a better place has been duly recognized. He was selected the winner from nine other finalists from all corners of the world.
The award is presented on a yearly basis to the outstanding teachers who make profound impact in society through education.
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