Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan maths and physics teacher, won the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize at a star-studded event in Dubai on 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. Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said Tabichi’s story showed that Africa is “a young continent bursting with talent.”