A teacher from Kenya’s remote village Nakuru, who gave away most of his earnings to poor students has won a $1 million global prize that honours one exceptional educator a year.
Peter Tabichi is a Mathematics and Physics teacher who gives away 80 per cent of his income to help the poor in the remote village of Pwani where almost a third of children are orphans or have only one parent, and where droughts and famine are frequent.
Peter started a talent nurturing club and expanded the school’s Science Club, helping pupils design research projects of such quality that 60 per cent now qualifies for national competitions.
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced him as the winner. He has become the first ever African male to have won the award.
Two Indian teachers, Arti Qanungo and Swaroop Rawal were also selected for the award. Both of them had made it to the top 50 finalists. Arti Qanungo is an English teacher at Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Shakarpur in Delhi, and Swaroop Rawal is a Life Skills teacher at Lavad Primary School in Gujarat.
He was selected out of some 10,000 applicants and awarded the Global Teacher Prize on Sunday during a ceremony in Dubai hosted by actor Hugh Jackman.
The award is granted by the Varkey Foundation, whose founder established the for-profit GEMS Education company.
— With inputs from PTI