Published: Mon, March 25, 2019

Kenya teacher from remote village crowned world's best, wins $1m

Kenya teacher from remote village crowned world's best, wins $1m

Africa will produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world.

Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan order, says his students face enormous challenges, like food shortages, while Tabichi struggles with an underfunded and overcrowded classroom and nearly no technology to help develop his lesson plans.

Tabichi won the prize from a pool of over 10,000 nominees from 179 countries.

In addition, Tabichi, who is also a Franciscan Brother, started a Peace Club at the school, to help integrate students from seven different tribes, all of which attend Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, and introduced a common program for prayer and worship during school assembly, embracing the religions practised by different students.

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, according to the BBC. Not only that, but he also gives 80 percent of his salary to his students so that they can afford the basic necessities of student life.

The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman was there to present Brother Peter his award in the ceremony in Dubai.

"It tells the world that they can do anything", he added after beating nine finalists from around the world to claim the award. "I feel so happy to be among the best teachers in the world, being the best in the world", he told AP.

"As a teacher working on the front line I have seen the promise of its young people - their curiosity, talent, their intelligence, their belief", he said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement that Tabichi's story "is the story of Africa" and of hope for future generations.

"We lack facilities that many schools take for granted, so as a teacher I just want to have a positive impact, not only in my country but on the whole of Africa".

Tabichi invited his father, who was in the audience, to the stage and handed the award for him to hold, to the applause and cheers of the room.

Now in its fifth year, the prize is the largest of its kind.

The prize is in its fifth year, with the victor selected by committees made up of teachers, journalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and scientists.

The prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation, whose founder, Sunny Varkey, established the for-profit GEMS Education company that runs 55 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Qatar.

The victor is selected by committees comprised of teachers, journalists, officials, entrepreneurs, business leaders and scientists.

Other winners include a Canadian teacher for her work with indigenous students in a remote and isolated Arctic village where suicide rates are high, and a Palestinian teacher for her work in helping West Bank refugee children traumatised by violence.

The 2015 inaugural victor was a teacher from ME who founded a nonprofit demonstration school created for the goal of developing and disseminating teaching methods.

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