Tuesday 26 March 2019 2:18 AM UTC
Dubai March 26: A science teacher from rural Kenya Peter Tabichi, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won the $1 million prize for the world’s best teacher, beating 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries, media reported.
Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the Varkey Foundation’s 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Brother Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.
The award, announced in a ceremony in Dubai, recognises the “exceptional” teacher’s commitment to pupils in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, according to the BBC.
Accepting the prize, Tabichi 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.”
He gives away 80 per cent of his pay to support pupils, at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru, who otherwise could not afford uniforms or books.
“It’s not all about money,” said Tabichi, whose pupils are almost all from very disadvantaged families. Many are orphaned or have lost a parent.
The 36-year-old teacher wants to raise aspirations and to promote the cause of science, not just in Kenya but across Africa.
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