[Kenya and Dubai] Charitable Kenyan man wins $1million Global Teacher Prize

A Kenyan teacher who gives 80 per cent of his wages to charity, has won the $1million Global Teacher Prize,Evening Standard reports.

The 5th Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize was awarded to Peter Tabichi (36) at a ceremony in Dubai, hosted by Hugh Jackman.

Mr Tabichi is a teacher of science and maths at Keriko Secondary School in Pwani Village, Naturu. Pupils at the school come from impoverished households, many are orphans. Early marriage and addiction cause additional issues. Famine and drought persist

The rural school has only one computer but last year a group of Mr Tabichi’s pupils won a Kenyan national science competition - for their research projects - with the help of his science club.

The Global Teacher Prize is awarded to a single school teacher who makes an outstanding contribution to their profession, the award aims to “shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society”. Mr Tabichi was chosen the winner by a panel of international education experts, picked over more than 40,000 other worldwide entries.

The award is paid in equal instalments over ten years. The winner may put it towards projects and initiatives of their choosing.

The teacher said his life as a Franciscan monk inspires him to give away his income. He thanked the 1,000+ audience, saying, “Thank you so much, I didn’t expect this or is such a great surprise - not just for me, not just for Kenya, not just for Africa, but for the whole world. I appreciate this recognition on behalf of all hard-working teachers throughout the world.”

“I am only here because of what my students have achieved. This prize gives them a chance. It tells the world that they can do anything. “Africa’s young people will no longer be held back by low expectations,” he added.

Uhuru Kenyatta - the Kenyan President - said that Mr Tabichi’s story was “The story of Africa, a young continent bursting with talent”.

Actor Hugh Jackman, hosting the show, said, “If it weren’t for the teachers in my life, I wouldn’t be standing on this stage today...

Tonight on behalf of the world’s students, and behalf of anyone, anywhere who cares about the world’s future, we say thank you.”