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Kenya’s Peter Tabichi who Donates 80% of his Salary wins $1m Global Teacher Prize

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A Kenyan mathematics and physics teacher who donates 80 percent of his salary to help young impoverished students has won the world’s best teacher award.

According to BBC, Peter Tabichi was awarded the fifth Varkey Foundation $1 million Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony hosted by actor Hugh Jackman in Dubai on Sunday.

Tabichi won the prize from a pool of over 10,000 nominees from 179 countries.

Tabichi is a Franciscan monk, a member of the Catholic religious order founded by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.

Tabichi is building Africa’s future from a remote, semi-arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, with 95% of pupils from poor families, some are orphans or have only one parent.

Watch Tabichi tell his story below:

The prize is awarded to a single teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, and aims to shine a spotlight on the role that teachers play in the society.

The winning educator is allowed to put their $1 million, awarded in equal instalments over 10 years, towards new projects and initiatives of their choosing.

Receiving the price, Peter emphasized the potential of Africa’s young population. He wants pupils to see “science is the way to go” for their futures. He 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.

It’s morning in Africa. The skies are clear. The day is young and there is a blank page waiting to be written. This is Africa’s time.

In an environment where pupils come from struggling households, many are orphaned, and addiction and early marriage are common, Peter added that the prize gives them a chance and tells the world that they can do anything.

Watch the moment he was announced below:

Photo Credit: Varkey Foundation

4 Comments

  1. Yoknyam Dabale

    March 25, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Asante Sana ( thank you so much) Bellanaija for sharing this inspiring story! African helping Africans…, yes! Pan-African love.

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  2. Nkem O.

    March 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    This is just amazing; it gives me so much hope for Africa. Glad to know that there are people who believe and are working towards its rise.

    Well done Peter Tapichi! God bless you

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  3. salma

    March 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    this made me cry tears of joy

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  4. O.Rangi

    March 26, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Pongezi kwa wa Africa wote.Each and evey African we must lean how to volunteer we have to try this in to our society it doesn’t cost us any thing than to make a world to be a better place to every generation.

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