By Amos Fofung
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from Kenya has been crowned with the Global Teacher Prize award.
The Mathematics and Physics teacher who is said to donates most of his salary to help needy students has been crowned the world’s best teacher and awarded a $1million prize. They were over 10,000 nominations from 179 countries the world over.
The Thirty-six-year-old received the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 at a ceremony in Dubai hosted by actor Hugh Jackman.
Tabichi, reports hold, gives away 80% of his income to help the poorest students at the poorly-equipped and overcrowded school who could not otherwise not afford uniforms and books.
In his acceptance speech he said, “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. 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 Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, said in a video message, “Peter, your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent.” Now in its fifth year, the prize was set up to highlight the vital role teachers play in society.
“I believe science and technology can play a leading role in unlocking Africa’s potential. It’s morning in Africa. The skies are clear. This is Africa’s time.”