A science teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize for the world’s best teacher.
Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.
Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.
The award, announced in a ceremony in Dubai, recognises the “exceptional” teacher’s commitment to pupils in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley.
The teacher it was reported, gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils, at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru, who otherwise could not afford uniforms or books.
Peter, whose pupils are almost all from very disadvantaged families, said helping is not all about money but him wanting to raise aspirations and to promote the cause of science, not just in Kenya but across Africa.