Peter Tabichi, a Maths and Physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School, Pwani Village, Nakuru Kenya, has won the prestigious Global Teacher Prize award and the attached prize bag worth around Ksh 100 million.
He was chosen out of top 10 finalists who come from all corners of the globe.
“It is unbelievable. I owe it all to God. I am very grateful to the almighty God,’’ said the 36-year-old Egerton University graduate when he spoke to the Nation on phone.
The Varkey Foundation’s $1 million (Ksh.100 million) Global Teacher Prize honors one exceptional teacher every year. Tabichi gives 80% of his teaching salary to local community projects, including education, sustainable agriculture and peace-building.
Tabichi has been a teacher for 12 years.
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Tabichi for the fete saying the country is more than proud of him.
“We are very, very proud of you. You are a shining example of what the human spirit can achieve, not just for Kenya, not just for Africa but for the world,” the President said in a speech from State House.
“You chose to teach in a remote part of Kenya and chose to transform lives in such situations.”
Deputy President William Ruto, in a tweet on Monday, also congratulated Tabichi, saying he has edified the teaching profession.
“Congratulations to Peter Tabichi for winning the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. We celebrate your extraordinary, incredible achievement. Your selfless attitude, hard work and sacrifice epitomise the teaching profession,” Ruto wrote.