Congratulations Kenya’s Peter Tabichi for winning the Global Teacher Prize. There is no debate: teachers build nations and we celebrate your excellence in classroom. The unrivalled commitment of my Further Mathematics teacher, my Mathematics teacher, my Chemistry teacher, my Physics teacher, my Woodwork teacher, my Technical Drawing teacher, my Metalwork teacher, and more, in Secondary Technical School Ovim (Nigeria), are now rewarded with unpaid pensions by the Nigerian governments. It does not have to be that way that teachers strike to be paid $70 per month as salary!
Congrats for winning the $1 million award. We treasure all of you.
Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan math and physics teacher, won the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize at a star-studded event in Dubai Sunday (March 24).
Accompanied by his father, Tabichi said the prize showed that “teachers matter” and that “teaching is a noble profession.”
Tabichi left his job at a private school to join the Keriko Secondary School (in Pwani Village, Nakuru, Kenya), where 95% of the students are poor and almost a third are orphans. Drug abuse, teen pregnancies, drop-outs, and suicide are common, and the school has one computer, poor internet access, and a student-teacher ratio of 58:1.
In spite of those circumstances, Tabichi’s science students have won various national science competitions, and qualified to participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2019 in the US. In 2017, only 16 out of the school’s 59 students went on to college, while in 2018, 26 did.