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A Science Teacher From Kenya Received $1 Million Global Award Because Of His Golden Heart

Published Thu Nov 28 2019 By jeena
A Science Teacher From Kenya Received $1 Million Global Award Because Of His Golden Heart

Peter Tabichi Who Gives Away Eighty Percent Of His Income To Needy Students Received $1 Million Prize  

  1. A teacher with the warmest heart Peter Tabichi is awarded a $1 million prize beating almost ten thousand nominations from 179 countries. 
  2. He teaches science and maths at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village.
  3. Tabichi has been giving away 80% of his income to help his most impoverished student, and the world has finally acknowledged him by awarding Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2019.

People like Peter Tabichi help us restore humanity. Despite not being financially equipped, he gives away more than half of his income to his students.

He is a math and science teacher from Kenya who teaches at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, which is in a remote part of Kenya's Rift Valley.

A member of the Franciscan religious order Tabichi, 36, received the award at a grand ceremony in Dubai hosted by popular actor Hugh Jackman.  

Peter Tabichi receiving the award Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2019

Image Source: Global Citizen

The world's greatest teacher Tabichi helps the most deprived children of his school. The school is actually overcrowded with needy students who can't even afford books and uniforms.

More than 90% of the pupils are from a destitute family, and almost a third are with any parents or just one parent. They often dealt with teenage pregnancies, drug abuse, young marraige, and suicides.

They have to walk seven kilometers of roads with no proper transportation facilities. The surrounding worsened in the rainy season as the area can be affected by drought and famine.

With both physical and mental trauma, students often tend to lose their hope in life; however, a teacher like Peter gives them much-needed motivation, and in this case, money too. 

Despite only having one computer and an inferior internet connection, he started a “talent nurturing club” and also expanded the school's science club.

His students have taken part in a few international science competitions and even won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry as they successfully harness a local plant life to generate electricity.

Similarly, Peter, along with four other colleagues, also gives one-to-one tuition in maths and science visiting students' homes.

Peter Tabichi gives one-to-one tuition in maths and science visiting students' homes to help them

Image Source: Daily Nation

Their good deed has motivated others to join a school, and as per the reports, the school has doubled to 400 over three years, and girls’ achievement, in particular, has been boosted.

In 2019, he was awarded the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. He traveled on an airplane for the first time to attend the ceremony in Dubai hosted by Hugh Jackman.

He also received heartfelt congratulations from the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He stated:

"Peter – your story is the story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent. Your students have shown that they can compete amongst the best in the world in science, technology, and all fields of human endeavor."

After receiving the award, Peter said:

"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,"

Peter Tabichi: Short Biography

He was born in 1982 in rural Kenya, who was inspired to become a teacher because of his family.

"I admired the impact they had in the society and wanted to better their script." 

He is a Franciscan friar who joined the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in 2016 and started teaching maths and physics. He has been appointed as Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis since April 2019.