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Global Teacher Prize

Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan, has won the US$ 1 million global teacher prize. He beat 10,000 teacher nominations from 170 countries to clench this prestigious award. Peter Tabichi is a teacher at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru Kenya. He gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils who are most orphans and cannot afford uniforms or books. Sixty percent of his students’ projects qualified for the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair 2018, with the school seeing great success, as a result of him introducing a Talent Nurturing Club and expanding the Science Club. Peter Tabichi is a Franciscan monk, a member of the Catholic religious order founded by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The award ceremony was held on Sunday, 24 March 2019 in Dubai and presented by His Highness Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Winning the award, Peter Tabichi says “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”. He says “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,”

It is indeed Africa’s time. Congratulations Sir, you deserve it.

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