Kenya’s teacher, Peter Tabichi, is this year’s Global Teacher Prize winner. Mr. Tabichi was declared winner of the prize during a colourful ceremony at the Atlantis Conference Centre, Dubai.
He was awarded the prize which is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Education, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in nurturing the innovative talents of his students through his own Talent Nurturing Club and for using his teaching skills to empower the entire community of Keriko, Njoro.
On behalf of the Government of Kenya, I congratulate Mr. Peter Tabichi for his exemplary performance that has won him international acclaim. I thank the Varkey Foundation for the outstanding work in promoting the teaching profession and for initiating this Award which continues to motivate teachers around the world.
I also thank H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, for patronizing this US $1 million award which is presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
Mr. Tabichi, a member of the Fransiscan Brothers, is a mathematics and science teacher at Keriko Mixed Day and Secondary School in Nakuru County.
Through his mentorship, the students of Keriko Secondary developed an innovation that enables blind and deaf people to measure objects which was a major highlight in the 2018 Kenya Science and Engineering fair.
Keriko Secondary School maths and science team came first nationally in the public schools category and qualified to participate in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in 2019 in Arizona, USA.
Mr. Tabichi further demonstrated his dedication to impacting the lives of his students by donating 80 per cent of his monthly income to help needy and by making the best of scare resources available for maximum impact.
Tabichi was the only African among the top 10 finalists for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher award from over 10000 nominations and applications from 179 countries around the world.
As Government, we are proud of our teachers who have continued to shape the lives of successive generations of Kenyans despite the constraints and challenges they face. We recognise and appreciate this enormous contribution and remain committed to empowering teachers to the fullest extent possible.
I urge other teachers in the country not to be limited by the circumstances in which they find themselves but rather, like Tabichi, make the best of what is available.