Peter Tabichi’s commitment and integrity enabled him secure the global prize that is believed to uplift the teaching profession in Kenya.
The mathematics and Physics teacher at Keriko Mixed day secondary school in Pwani village, Nakuru County was on Sunday 24th March announced the winner of the 2019 Varkey Foundation Global teacher award in a ceremony that was held in Dubai. He received shining tributes from around the world
President Kenyatta urged Mr. Tabichi to be an inspiration and mentor to his fellow teachers so that they can also aspire to greatness as he promised to support the school with kshs 20 million for its expansion and encouraged learners to take science subjects.
Tabichi emerged winner amid challenges in his teaching environment such as drop- outs, drug abuse, and early pregnancies among others as well as many learners being from poor families or orphans. He used to donate about 80% of his salary to help the needy students in the school.
Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed and Tabichi’s family members and the Varkey Foundation officials accompanied him back to Kenya, where he was invited to state house in Nairobi. The teacher received congratulatory messages from other dignitaries. Many Kenyans went on social media to commend him for the great achievement.
“I hope Tabichi’s story will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and share a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over Kenya and throughout the world every day.” Said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the global teach award.
Tabichi’s science students have in the past excelled in various science competitions and qualified to take part at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019. He is the 5th winner of the Award which has also been won by an American, a Brit, a Palestinian and a Canadian. Last year’s winner was Andria Zafirakou an art and textiles teacher at Aperton Community school in the UK. The Varkey Foundation award is paid in 10 years.
The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. The Varkey Foundation is a global charitable foundation focused on improving the standards of education for underprivileged children.